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21043 – Number of Employees (March ’20 – March ’21)

Ref: FOI/21043 

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 

1) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2020: 

   Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained    
Control    
Support    
Total    
     
Wholetime-retained    

Reply 

  Headcount 
Wholetime   1404 
Retained   0 
Control   65 
Support   422 
Total   1891 
     
Wholetime-retained  51 

 

Request 

2) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2021: 

   Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained    
Control    
Support    
Total    
     
Wholetime-retained   

 

Reply 

  Headcount 
Wholetime   1398 
Retained   0 
Control   65 
Support   434 
Total   1897 
     
Wholetime-retained  57 

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. 

21040 – Whistleblowers

Ref: FOI/21040 

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 

  1. How many reports did you receive fromwhistleblowersin 2019 and in 2020? 

Reply 

The last report that was presented to the Audit Committee noted that there have been no allegations of whistle blowing reported through the Whistle Blowing Policy (S0 2/20) 

Request 

  1. How many people do you have in your organisation that are trained/permitted to take reports fromwhistleblowers?

Reply 

The Strategic Enabler – People has overall responsibility for the maintenance and operation of this policy. This officer maintains a record of concerns raised and the outcomes (but in a form which does not endanger the complainant’s confidentiality) and will report as necessary to the Service and Fire Authority.  

In total there are 13 SET members who are permitted to take reports from Whistle Blowers and they are then supported by the PSS Business Partners who are also trained in line with the policy. 

Request 

  1. What training have the people in question number 2 received in whistleblowing?

Reply 

The policy is very informative and provides clear guidance and is clear on the sign posting to the Strategic Enabler of People. I can also confirm that the Whistle Blowing policy goes through a formal 3-year review through JCC which includes managers, Trade Unions and PSS Business Partners. 

Request 

  1. What cost, if any, was there for this training?

Reply 

N/A 

Request 

  1. Which organisation delivered each course?

Reply 

N/A 

Request 

  1. What is the name of the person that arranged this training and what is their email address?

Reply 

Further detail about individual incidents is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principles of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Request 

  1. What methods do you have for whistleblowers to contact a person that is authorised to take their report and what are the specific details of these, i.e., email addresses, telephone numbers etc? 

Reply 

If the matter relates to any fraudulent or corrupt activity, concerns should be raised in accordance with procedures detailed in the 0122 Anti-Fraud Corruption and Bribery Policy. 

 If the complainant wishes to raise or discuss any issues which might fall into the above category then the complainant should contact a member of Strategic Enabling Team (SET), the Treasurer or the Clerk to the Fire Authority, who will be required by WMFS to treat the matter in confidence. 

 Where possible, the complainant should raise their complaint in writing setting out the background and history of the concern giving names, dates and places where possible and the reason why the complainant is particularly concerned about the situation. If the complainant does not feel able to put the concern in writing, then the complainant can discuss the concerns verbally with a member of the SET, or the Treasurer/ 151 Officer or the Clerk to the Fire Authority. 

The complainant may invite a member of the trade union representative body or a work colleague to be present during any meetings or interviews in connection with the concerns raised. 

Where a concern relates to a Brigade Manager or SET Manager, then either the Strategic Enabler People (as Responsible Officer), or Deputy Chief Fire Officer or Chief Fire Officer, as appropriate, should be contacted in the first instance. Satinder Sahota as the Monitoring Officer role for the Fire Authority. The Monitoring Officer may be contacted via email Satinder.sahota@wmfs.net. 

The Treasurer to the Fire Authority may be contacted on 0121 380 6919. The Clerk to the Fire Authority may contacted on 0121 380 6678. Address for the Treasurer and the Clerk to the Fire Authority is: West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW. 

Concerns expressed anonymously are much less powerful, but will be considered at the discretion of the Strategic Enabler – People. 

Request 

  1. What are the email addresses for the people authorised to receivewhistleblowerreports? 

Reply 

WMFS Chief Fire Officer – phil.loach@wmfs.net 

WMFS Deputy Chief Fire Officer – Wayne.brown@wmfs.net 

WMFS Strategic Enabling Team members – _StrategicEnablingTeam@wmfs.net 

WMFS Treasurer – Mike.Griffiths@wmfs.net 

WMFS Clerk to the Authority – Karen.Gowreesunker@wmfs.net 

The Authority’s Monitoring Officer – Satinder.sahota@wmfs.net 

Request 

  1. How manywhistleblowershave left the organisation within 12 months of making a report? 

Reply 

None 

Request

  1. How manywhistleblowershave made an allegation of ‘detriment’ against your organisation? 

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. 

21016 – Staff were subject to investigations during the last 5 years

Ref: FOI/21016

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 23 January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Under the Freedom of Information Act would you please provide me with the following information in electronic format:

How many staff were subject to investigations during the last 5 years and what was the outcome (split by gender).

Reply

Please see attached. 

Data for  investigations during the last 5 years 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.

21014 – Brigade Managers

Ref: FOI/21014

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 22nd January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

When the service refers to brigade managers is this relating to the roles of CFO, DCFO and ACFO?

Reply

Yes

Request

With regards to the above roles can you confirm how many are in each post and breakdown by male or female.

Reply

1 CFO Male 1 DCFO Male 2 ACFO  1Male 1 Female.

Request.

With regards to the above roles can you confirm their shift pattern and how many are on duty at one time for 999 call outs

Reply

1 Brigade Manager is on duty at a time. Shifts are broken down to 3 periods in a 24 hour period as follows:

Request.

Can you confirm how many area managers/commanders the service have and broken down by male or female and the length of service each one has in this particular role

Reply

5 Area Commanders as follows

Gender Date commenced role
Male 23.10.12
Male 18.04.16
Male 13.01.16
Female 10.02.20
Male 07.10.20
   

Request.

With area managers/commanders can you confirm how many of them respond to operational incidents. Please also include their rota pattern and how many are on duty at one given time.

Reply

1 area commander is on at one time on a 24-hour cover shift (0900-0900) they provide 24/7 cover across the year and self-roster themselves on to cover shifts.

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.

 

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

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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