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21001 – Self Isolation and its Effects due to Covid 19

Ref: FOI/21001

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many full-time firefighters employed within your service were forced to self-isolate after:

Testing positive for Covid-19,

Living with someone who had contracted the virus or had symptoms of it,

Having symptoms of coronavirus,

Being in close contact with someone in their support bubble that had symptoms or had tested positive for Covid-19,

Told by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app to self-isolate, or arriving in the UK after visiting a country with a high coronavirus risk over this period?

Reply

Please see attached.

FOI21001
Self Isolation Data 1.0 Download

Request

Overall, for how long (in hours) over the month period did fire stations under the authority of your fire service lose full time cover as a result of such isolation due to Covid-19?

Reply

There are occasions whereby fire appliances/stations are unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels but information about this is being withheld under Section 38(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) related to health and safety.

The reasons that we are withholding this information is because by disclosing this information to you, we would be releasing this information into the public domain as we publish all FOIA requests and responses on our website. We have considered that this information may indicate patterns of unavailability and this information could be used to assist with unlawful activity that may adversely impact our communities.

Section 38 of FOI is a qualified exemption and means that we must consider a public interest test. In this case the safety of communities of the West Midlands outweighs the release of this information into the public domain.

Request

How many retained firefighters had to be used over this period in replacement?

Reply

Not applicable, as West Midlands Fire Service does not have any retained firefighters.

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.

21005 – Learning Management Systems

Ref: FOI/21005

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Do you use an LMS (Learning Management System) within your organisation?

Reply

We do not currently use an external LMS within WMFS.

We operate an internal LMS, Global Training Courses (GTC) to track enrolment and completion of internal courses.

Our E-learn facility is also provided internally utilising Moodle platform but on internal servers

Request

If yes, which organisation supplies this product/service to you?

Is your LMS supplied on a contract basis?

If yes, please confirm when the current contract comes to an end

Do you receive any other services from your LMS supplier? E.g. eLearning content

Reply

Not applicable

Request

Who is the key decision-maker for the aforementioned products/services? If possible, please provide their contact details

Reply

With regards for the details of the key decision-maker for the aforementioned products/services, This will be our Procurement Department. WMFS Procurement Department operates a single point of contact policy and are directed to the procurement helpline on 0121 380 6166. There is a direct email address for suppliers making sales enquires email: procurement.enquires@wmfs.net. Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:

The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:

  • there is a legitimate interest in disclosure;
  • the legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and,
  • the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.

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.

 

21004 – multi-occupancy buildings served prohibition notices

Ref: FOI/21004

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I’d like to know since 14th June 2017, how many multi-occupancy residential buildings in your authority have been served prohibition notices by the FRS or Council due to Fire Safety concerns, with residents forced to leave?

If possible, please include as much of the following in the disclosure relating to each incident

– The date of the order

– The address of the property

– The reasons given

– The number of individual units / homes affected (if they can provide that)

Reply

None

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.

20112 – Attacks on Fire Crews

Ref: FOI/20112

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please provide the number of attacks on fire crews during 1 January 2019-31 December 2019 and 1 January 2020-30 November 2020 inclusive.

Please provide the date, nature of the attack and location.

Reply

Please see attached

Attacks on fire crews 1.0 Download

Request

If this does not take you past the 18-hour limit, please provide the numbers who needed any medical treatment or went on sick leave.

Reply

There were two violence related injuries, both in 2019 and neither resulted in time lost.

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.

20084 – Extended Duration Breathing Apparatus (EDBA) within WMFS

Ref: FOI/20084

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 18th September 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

  •  Can you confirm which appliances within WMFS carry the ‘T’ piece adapter to attach to a BA set to make it a twin pack (EDBA)?

Reply

Currently all frontline PRL’s and BRV’s carry the ‘T’ piece adapter.

Request.

  • Can all operational staff wear EDBA at an operational incident?

Reply

All operational staff can wear EDBA at an incident, as long as they have had the conversion training and are deemed competent.

Request.

  • What is the additional training required for a Ff qualified in SDBA to wear EDBA?  (Could you please provide a description of the course and the content taught?)

Reply

The principles of wearing SCBA and EDBA are the same with regards to air management and procedures, so it is a session to understand how to convert the set to twinned cylinders and ensure the telemetry and entry control board is set up to understand there are 2 cylinders being used on the set. Also there is an Ecadamy course to be completed. Users must be aware of the physiological effects a longer duration wear will have on the body.

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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