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21028 – Racism complaints

Ref: FOI/21028

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 12 February 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Please could you tell me how many racism complaints have been made against your fire and rescue service and its staff since 2015.
Please break this down by each calendar year between 2015 and 2020 in terms of: complaints from members of the public, complaints from staff members, and whether the complaint was upheld by the organisation.

Reply

Please see attached.

Data for racism complaints 1.0 Download

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.

21021 – Stonewall Diversity Champion

Ref: FOI/21021

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 4th February 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

  1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

Reply

No application in 2020 as the workplace index was suspended due to covid.

All details of application are electronic submitted to a stonewall portal which can only be viewed by members we do not have copies of our appilcation

Request.

  1. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

Reply

Feedback is given verbally with a meeting with a stonewall client manager, we then use this to develop an action plan.

Request.

  1. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

Reply

Only communication was reference membership renewal or advertising events

Request.

  1. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

Reply

Impact assessment was not done as it was regarded as only having a positive impact on equality. Actions formed part of larger D & I work which is impact assessed as required.

Request.

  1. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

Reply

£2500+ vat membership per year for each of those years

Request.

  1. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

Reply

We are currently evaluating our membership and have yet to make the decision on whether to renew our membership or not.

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.

20061 – Sale of Personal Data and Subject Access Requests

Ref: FOI/20061

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 22nd March 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Can I please have your records concerning the sales of personal data from 2019 and 2020, including trading partners and money earned from transactions?

Please can I have your records concerning the determining the price of personal data, for sales and sharing for the time period January 2019- Present.

What types of personal data do you sell and are there any limits placed on this? For the time period of January 2019- Present.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service does not sale personal data therefore this request is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information 2000.  We do hold this information.

Request.

How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the period 2017-2020, broken down by year? What types of personal data did they typically receive? For example email addresses, home addresses and telephone numbers?

Reply

2017 –  4 which of 2 related personal / occupational health records 2 – related to recruitment.

2018 – 6 which of 5 personal / occupational health records. 1 – related to recruitment.

2019 – 30 which of 15 where related personal / occupational health records and 15 related to related to recruitment.

2020 – 6 which of 5 where related personal / occupational health records and 1 related to recruitment.

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.

 

 

19072 – 999Eye

Ref: FOI/1972

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 on 6th June 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Your service uses 999eye video streaming services as part of call triage/review. Please can I receive copies of the Information Security Assessment and Privacy Impact Assessment in relation to the use of the 999eye service by 999 callers.

Reply

Please find attached Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) which includes our assessment of information security. The PIA was completed prior to the implementation of the Data Protection Act 2018.

Request

Please can I receive a copy of the script/training materials that your control room staff receive to deploy the 999eye system

Reply

Please find attached safety guidance which is used as part of FC training and awareness for using 999eye.

FOI19072
999eye guidance 1.0 Download
FOI19072/1
999Eye PIA 1.0 Download

In regards to any scripts or training materials, we do not have anything specific as training is delivered through practical demonstration.

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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