20058 – Mental health of firefighters

Ref: FOI/20058

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 2nd July 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am currently researching how the mental health of firefighters across the UK, affects the fire service as a whole. Therefore, I would appreciate it if you could assist me with several questions.

–        Total number of sick days taken by wholetime firefighters for any reason, within the years 2016-2020.

–        How many days sick have been taken by wholetime firefighters due to mental health issues, within the years 2016- 2020?

–        Please categorise the mental health issues absences, as below.

–        How many incidents & days sickness absence for;

  1. Depression
  2. Stress
  3. Anxiety
  4. Other mental health
  5. Ill health retirement due to mental health issues.

–        How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

In order to assist you with this request, I have provided you a spreadsheet in which to capture the data.

Reply

Please see attached.

Data from 2016 to 2020 1.0 Download

Request.

How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. We do not record this information.

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.

20013 – Weather forecasting Service

Ref: FOI/20013

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 27th January 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Does your organisation use a weather forecasting/monitoring service called Hazard Manager provided by the Met Office?

If so, please confirm whether this is a paid for service or provided free of charge.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service does use Hazard Manager service provided by the Met Office.  However, this service is provided for free for our organization.

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.

20012 – First Aid Training and Mental Health Training

Ref: FOI/20012

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

What First Aid Training and Mental Health Training, if any, do you provide to your staff?

Reply

First aid courses that we provide are – 3 day First Aid at Work, 2 day First Aid at Work Re-Qualification and very rarely 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work.

Mental health training is provided for Mental Health First Aiders and those leading Critical incident debriefs and Post incident defusing across the brigade.

Request

The current provider of First Aid Training and Mental Health Training to your staff and contract expiry date

Reply

WMFS is the training centre and provider of first aid courses, these are reviewed at regular intervals.

Working Minds Ltd provide the mental health training as part of our service from our Cognitive behavioural therapy service provider, the contract expires in May 2020.

Request

The name of the person responsible at your organisation for First Aid Training and Mental Health Training

Reply

With regards for the person responsible at your organisation for First Aid Training and Mental Health Training, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and are directed to general enquiries on 03300 589000. Or email contact@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.

19165- Initiatives for health and wellbeing

Ref: FOI/19165

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 11th December 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please can you send me any of West Midlands Fire Service initiatives for health and wellbeing for their staff members including any initiatives, policies/procedures, or support given to those suffering stress and mental health related problems? Please include details of any external support purchased

Reply

Please see attached for West Midlands Fire service initiatives.

FOI19165
Standing order 16/02 1.0 Download

 

Please find below list of external support.

Working Minds,

Aquarius, Hobson Health, BHSF for our EAP,

Via Vita for an annual wellbeing programme,

Global Challenge,

Numerous sports and welfare facilities

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.

 

19105 – Assaults on Fire Fighters 2014-2019

Ref: FOI/19105

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 8th August 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

The number of attacks on firefighters during operational (999) incidents in the years 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 (separate figures for each year please).

In a spreadsheet file (e.g. an Excel or CSV file), statistics on the types of attacks on firefighters in the year 2018/19, broken down by area where they happened, as set out in the attached blank spreadsheet.

In terms of area breakdown, feel free to interpret this as Command area, brigade division, borough or any other manner that your fire and rescue service sub-divides the geographical area you cover.

Reply

Please see attached.

Figures for attacks on Firefighters 1.0 Download

Request

Copies of any official reports into incidents in 2018/19 in which a firefighter was seriously injured (a serious injury being one which required at least one overnight stay in hospital as an in-patient), with any private information redacted as required

Reply

We define official report under RIDDOR and the HSE definitions and by release them reports would contravene the 6 principle of the Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, this information is this is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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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