foi-entry/19099/

Ref: FOI/19099

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 7th August 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. What is the email address for FOIA requests to be made about West Midlands Fire Safety Business Safety Ltd?
  2. What plans are there to publish information about the FOI on the website of West Midlands Fire Safety Business Safety Ltd?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Safety Business Safety Ltd is now dormant. Further information can be found on company house website on link below.

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07949584

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Firefighter Pensions – 19084

Ref: FOI/19084

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 4th July 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. How enhancement of protected 1992 scheme pension was calculated on introduction of FPS 2015.  I understand that this was intended proportionally to reflect the double accrual on the 1992 scheme service already built up when the 1992 scheme was replaced but how was the calculation actually done?
  2. Assuming a firefighter took retirement on 31 March 2021, the day before their 50th birthday, having entered the service on 1 April 1993 they would have total calendar service of 28 years of which 22 years up to closure of the 1992 scheme on 31 March 2015.  As I understand it 1992 scheme pensionable service before enhancement would be (20/60) + (2 x 2/60) = 24/60 – what please would it be after enhancement?
  3. Assuming the firefighter as above instead took retirement on 31 March 2026 or 31 March 2031, the days before their 55th and 60th birthdays respectively, would the 1992 pensionable service figure change, or is the enhancement of protected 1992 scheme pension the same for retirement at any point after the 1992 scheme closed?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning Firefighter pension scheme 1992 can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

www.fpsregs.org

http://fpsregs.org/index.php/gad-guidance/commutation

www.legislation.gov.uk

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/129/schedule/2/made

https://www.fbu.org.uk/circular/2011hoc0199ss/calculator-show-maximum-commutation-without-incurring-tax-liabilites

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Non-disclosure agreements – 19058

Ref: FOI/19058

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st May 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many non-disclosure agreements has your fire and rescue service agreed in each of the calendar years of, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (as much info as possible)? Please provide individual figures per year. Please also provide reasons for the agreements being agreed where possible (e.g. 2 whistleblower complaints). Please provide the total number of NDAs but also the different types of NDA agreements (e.g. whistleblower complaint/ / sexual harassment complaint etc.). Please make clear if the agreements concern commercial companies rather than employees. As this figure is less than 10 we are unable to provide the exact number as it may be identifiable to individuals.

  1. B) Please provide the total amount of financial compensation awarded as part of these agreements for the entirety of this period in £. The total sum of payments made for compromise eg. Along with a breakdown of the money paid out each year.

Reply

Please see attached.

Non-disclosure agreements for, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 1.0 Download

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

Equipment on fire appliances – 19040

Ref: FOI/19040

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 26th March 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I politely request the following information from your organisation;

What equipment does a standard responding fire appliance carry in each locker?

Could I trouble you to take some photographs of both sides of a standard appliance with lockers open? (I wish to use these photos to make like for like comparisons between services

Reply

Please see attached.

Vehicle inventory 1.0 Download

Request

Are these equipment locations standardised to all appliances across your service area?

Reply

The equipment listed on this document applies to both Sabre and Volvo appliances throughout the Brigade.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Compensation claims for last 3 years – 19033

Ref: FOI/19033

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 12th March 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

In the last three financial years (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) please provide me with (a) the number of settlements and (b) the total amount paid by the force as compensation to fire service personnel for injuries sustained while at work or as a result of their work duties. (c) Provide if possible a breakdown of the legal costs to the fire service associated with these claims.

  1. For each payout that resulted in compensation of more than £5,000 being paid please provide me with (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the costs associated with the claim and (iii) a one sentence summary of the nature of the successful claim against your service.

Note: The question relates to payments made in (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) regardless of when the incident took place or when the claim was lodged. If the settlement was made by your service’s insurers it is still information “held” by your authority under the terms of the Act.

Reply

Please see attached spreadsheet for details of the amounts spent.

Compensation claims last 3 years 1.0 Download

Due to the relatively small number of claims within the years that you have requested in order to protect the identity of the data subjects we have undertaken the following:

  • Provided information arrange of payments
  • Categorisation of the nature of the injury into three categories, Training, Operational or Other.

Request

  1. (ii) the costs associated with the claim

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning the costs associated with the claim can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/openness/documents/

Please download the spreadsheet, use the filter option on column “CIPFA detailed expenditure type”  and under “Ins-Insurance Claim Payments-Liabilities” you find the associated cost.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

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