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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.

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.

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