21012/A – Insufficient crewing.

Ref: FOI/21012A

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 29th January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

The amount of time per year that appliances were unavailable

Please could I have this information for the years 2015, 2019 and 2020 (not including subsequent years).

Reply

Please see attached.

Unavailable due to insufficient crewing data 1.0 Download

Please note: Some have a duration of a few or even 0 seconds, that would be where they accidentally pressed that status.

 

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21013 – Special Service Call Costs

Ref: FOI/21013

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 21st January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

The charge currently in place to attend a special service requiring the attendance of 1 pumping appliance for 1 hour.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service currently charge £480.00 per hour for Special Service Charges. The financial figure is generated through a combination of staff wages and overheads which are agreed before the financial year commences. The charge is clearly stated on the SSC Form so the public understand what they are agreeing too.

Request.

Please confirm if this charge is levied via a trading arm or by the Fire Authority etc

Reply

The previous trading arm no longer exists, and West Midlands Fire Service charges are levied by the Fire Authority.

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20110 – Incidents Involving Emollient Products

Ref: FOI/20110

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

Since 2015, how many fires were responded to by your FRS in which investigators established or believe that an emollient product was either a primary or contributory factor in the fire? Please break this down year by year.

What is the total number of fatalities recorded by your FRS in the incidents referred to in question 1 since 2015? Please break this down year by year.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has no incidents where emollient cream (or other skin cream) was listed as a factor.

We are aware of the risks of emollient creams and would have considered them as part of our hypothesis during any incident where there was the potential of the person using such creams.

When carrying out Prevention Based activity where these products are in use, general advice can be given to reduce the risk of ay incidents occurring.

Request

Since 2015, how many controlled fire tests on emollient products, or the interaction of emollient products with other products, has your FRS carried out?

By “controlled fire test”, I mean any exercise in which your FRS undertook to understand the flammability of emollient products or their interaction with other products.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has not undertaken any testing regarding emollient products.

Request

For all of the controlled fire tests referred to in 3), please provide a copy of the report that ensued from each of those tests.

Reply

Not applicable

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20117 – Incident at Bristol Road South, Selly Oak, 9th December

Ref: FOI/20117

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 9th December 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Re fire at Bristol Road South, Selly Oak, 8 pumps Wednesday 9th December

Please could you tell me;

  1.  What stations attended and what vehicle type
  1. The arrival time and incident clear time for each vehicle
  2. Start and finish time for any officers attended
  3. What other stations were sent to cover the stations in attendance please use this format as an example:

Highgate PRL sent to Northfield / turnout 03:19 / arrived 03:30 / cleared from standby 04:00

Reply

Please see attached.

Incident Data 1.0 Download

Please note the following:

  • In the case of stations and vehicles that attended the incident this includes revisits by certain vehicles. Please refer to the dates and times.
  • In the case of station cover this includes all Brigade-wide standbys that were requested during the main times of the incident.

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21003 – Crewing levels and full-time firefighters

Ref: FOI/21003

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st January 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many times did fire stations under the authority of your fire service fail to meet their minimum safe fire engine availability threshold over the specified year? Please could you specify the stations which most frequently failed to meet this threshold and state the number of times they failed to meet it.

Reply

There are occasions whereby fire appliances 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 full-time firefighters were employed by fire stations under the authority of your fire service over this period?

Reply

Please see below.

Apr-20 1176
May-20 1170
Jun-20 1177
Jul-20 1164
Aug-20 1169
Sep-20 1169
Oct-20 1159
Nov-20 1157
Dec-20 1152

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