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20051 – Operational Structure

Ref: FOI/20051

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 13th June 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am writing a working paper and need some data. I want to know about the firefighting organization.
There are 38 fire stations and one West Midlands Fire Service. Does the fire structure has only Fire Service and Fire stations, or is there a separate medium-sized organization in regions?
In the event of a major fire, is a commander dispatched from the Fire Service?
I would be grateful if you could provide any fire organization data.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has 38 Fire Stations located strategically located throughout the West Midlands in accordance to risk information provided through our Integrated Risk Management Plan. The 38 fire station are divided into 5 Command Areas that form the West Midlands these are:

  • Birmingham North
  • Birmingham South
  • Black Country North
  • Black Country South
  • Coventry & Solihull

The nature of the incidents we attend vastly varies depending on size and severity so we resource each one dynamically in terms of people, equipment and vehicles ensuring each incident is resolved as safely, effectively and assertively as possible.

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.

20037 – Resources and response levels

Ref: FOI/20037

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 confirm the full rank structure within WMFS from frontline FF to CFO. Please also include the numbers for each role e.g. FF- 1200, WM – 15 etc.

Reply

The full rank structure with the numbers in each role is below

Firefighter 838
Crew Commander 234
Watch Commander 261
Station Commander 48
Group Commander 13
Area Commander 4
Brigade Manager 4

Request

Please can you provide the responsibilities of each role from the above

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 roles of Firefighters is publicly available on the internet a copy of the role maps for all ranks can be found at the following link:

https://www.fbu.org.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/rolemap_doc.pdf

Request

For each of the above roles, please confirm how many Pumps at an incident each role can manage. For example Watch Manager – 6

Reply

There is not a designated number of appliances per role an officer can manage in West Midlands fire Service. The number of pumping appliance an incident commander can manage all depends on the complexity of the incident. West Midlands Fire Service uses notification triggers within Fire Control to identify specific roles dependant on the incident.

Request

In relation to flexi fire officers AND area managers AND group managers please can you confirm how many there are? And how many is on duty at one time?

Reply

There are currently 53 flexi duty officers, with 9 being required on duty at any one time. This includes Area Managers and Group Managers

Request

Please confirm how many station commander/managers look after more than 1 station?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has currently 7 Station Commander that look after more than 1 station.

Request

Are station commanders/manager based at the station or HQ?

Reply

Station commander looking after a Station are station based, however there are also some Station Commanders in departments who are based at FSHQ.

Request

How many station commanders / managers choose not to opt in for the flexi fire officer role

Reply

Station Commanders do not usually opt in or out of the flexi duty as it is part of the role.

Request

What is the different between a station commander/manager and a flexi fire officer? Please also provide the difference in salary.

Reply

Station Commanders who also provide 24 hour cover to respond to incidents (flexi duty), will receive an additional 20%of the basic salary. The basic salary for a Station Commander is 44,297.

Request

When a fire fighter is on holiday, what happens to the staffing levels are they reduced?

Reply

Staffing levels are sufficient to allow annual leave to be taken.

Request

Please confirm the number of call outs for flexi duty officers AND area managers AND group managers for the month of March 2020 broken down by each rank daily. If you are unable to tell me daily for a specific reason please confirm this and provide the weekly figures.

Reply

Please see attached. However, please note the following:

  • As the request specifies “call outs”, incidents where an officer was notified of an incident but did not mobilise have been excluded.
  • Group and Area Commanders are included within the Flexible Duty System and therefore will mobilise to incidents as FDS officers. Such mobilisations are identified within the data.
  • Revised Incident Types also include exercises, however these are identified within the data
Incidents attended by Officers March 2020 1.0 Download

Request

When are the next batch of new fire engines coming and which stations will these go to?

Reply

Delivery of the 5 Appliances currently on order will be sometime during the last quarter of 2020.

These are allocated to the following 5 Station locations:

Bilston

Perry Barr

Woodgate Valley

Oldbury

Foleshill

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.

20043 – 5g mast incidents from 2019

Ref: FOI/20043

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st May 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Please could you provide details of fires and/or damage at 5G masts attended by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.

In each case, could you please provide the date, location, action taken by the fire service and the damage caused.

Reply

Please find below incidents of masts deliberately set on fire between January 2019 and 3rd May 2020.

date location local authority area main firefighting action damage in square metre
02/04/2020 Spring Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham Birmingham Main jet (water) 6 – 10
06/04/2020 Midland Road, Darlaston, Walsall Walsall Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 1 – 2
10/04/2020 Coleshill Heath Road, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull Solihull Main jet (water) 21 – 50
12/04/2020 Highgate Place, Highgate, Birmingham Birmingham Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 11 – 20
12/04/2020 Tollhouse Way, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 1 – 2
16/04/2020 The Crescent, Hockley, Birmingham Birmingham Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 3 – 5
16/04/2020 Tollhouse Way, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 1 – 2
25/04/2020 Rabone Lane, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 3 – 5

Please note

Manual searches have been carried as “5G mast” is not a property type and is not always recorded in our workbooks, searches have been carried on telecommunications mast fires and they might not be 5G. There isn’t a property type “5G mast” or “telecommunication mast” or even “mast”.  So there is possibility that some incident maybe missed.

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.

20035 – Fire fatalities in the period of 2014-2018.

Ref: FOI/20035

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

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

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I am writing to request information about fire fatalities in the period of 2014-2018.
How many fire fatalities in this period involved people who were:
Classified as hoarders?
Homeless People?
Using Emollient Creams?

Reply

The reason for death is not captured within the workbook.  Therefore, this request is based on a search through key words within the Incident Log, therefore some incidents may have been missed if the wording is misspelt or not mentioned.

Between April 2014 and March 2018, there were no fatalities attended by WMFS that involved any homeless people or Emollient Creams.

Over the same period, there were 5 fatalities that were related to hoarding. 1 x November 2015, 1 x July 2016, 1 x February 2017, 1x October 2017 and 1 x May 2018.

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.

20028 – Aerial appliances/hydraulic platforms

Ref: FOI/20026

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 Aerial Ladder Platforms West Midlands Fire Service currently have in their fleet.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service currently has 5 hydraulic platforms

Request

What stations operate the Aerial ladder Platforms.

Reply

Hydraulic Platforms are at Coventry, Highgate and Walsall. With spare hydraulic platforms at Oldbury and Walsall

Request

Make and model of each Aerial Ladder platform E.G. Bronto Skylift F 32 RL.

The age of each Aerial Ladder Platform.

Reply

station Make/model Year of registration
Coventry VOLVO/BRONTO 2012
Highgate VOLVO/ANGLOCO 2010
Oldbury VOLVO/ANGLOCO 2010
Walsall VOLVO FM370/BRONTO F32RLER – 2016 2016
Walsall VOLVO/BRONTO 2012

Request

Any plans to dispose, replace or buy new Aerial Ladder Platforms.

Reply

Our Replacement Policy is set at 15 Years. There isn’t any of the 5 due for replacement until 2025.

Request

Any Photos of each of the Aerial Ladder Platforms.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of information Act as photos of our fleet are available on the internet, search using WMFS appliance photos.

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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