foi-entry/19086/

Ref: FOI/19086

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 9th July 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would please like to request the following information on the salary of ALL SET members. To be specific I would like the information to be presented in a way where I can obtain:

– the role of each person, whether they are uniform or support members of staff, their gross salary, whether they are a permanent or temporary on SET, any bonuses, overtime or additional payments and why, and this information to be presented by per annum breakdown from the financial year 2014/2015 to now.

I would be grateful if you could let me know when this information will be made available to me. I would also request that you respond to this email electronically (save any printing costs).

Reply

This information is published every year on West Midlands Fire Service website and archived on Committee Management System (CMIS) in line with Local Government Transparency Code 2015.  However on this occasion I have attached the statements of accounts for you from 2014 to present. These include renumerations to officers’ salaries whom directly report to the Chief Officer, other senior officers salaries is in remuneration bands in line with Local Government Transparency Code 2015.

FOI19086.
Statement of Accounts 2014-15 1.0 Download
FOI19086.2
Statement of Accounts 2015-16 1.0 Download
FOI19086.3
Statement of Accounts 2016-17 1.0 Download
FOI19086.3
Statement of Accounts 2016-17 1.0 Download
FOI19086.5
Statement of Accounts 2018-19 1.0 Download

To name each individual senior officer whom does not report directly to the Chief Fire Officer and release their salaries and employment status would contravene the 6 principle of the Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore this request is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Request

In addition I would like to have the job descriptions for all current and past SET members and roles please.

Reply

We will be responding to this request in due course and in the interim decide to provide the information above.

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.

foi-entry/19077/

Ref: FOI/19077

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 24th June 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I made an FOI request back at the end of January/early February asking for clarification on an allegation about your hiring process.

I have two FOI requests now. Firstly, did you receive my previous FOI, if you did why did you not respond to my request and please give me the details as to why my right to have my FOI was answered?

Reply

Unfortunately, we did not receive your freedom of information request in January/ end February 2019. If you can please provide further details with exact date/time and method, you used to send the request? I can investigate the matter further.

Request

When recruiting fire fighters, what is the passing threshold for the numerical, verbal and mechanical reasoning exam?

Does the threshold vary for different candidates. If so, in what way do they vary (is the threshold universal or higher or lower in some candidates’ cases) and what conditions does one have to fill to be entitled (what is their sex, race and sexuality etc) to the lower thresholds and why?

Reply

A minimum standard is applied to all candidates. Different phases of recruitment demonstrate that, dependent upon our requirements at the time, all candidates (regardless of any protected characteristic) have needed to score 7 to progress.  Equally, during the most recent phase, all candidates who achieved 6 progressed to the next stage.

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.

Flexi Duty Officers – 19076

Ref: FOI/19076

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 17th June 2019

Request

  1. when there is an emergency incident what is the criteria of deploying an officer?

Reply

A Flexi Duty Command Officer will be informed of the following incidents –

All incidents which require an attendance of 2 pumps or more where the senior command level on both appliances is a crew commander.

All incidents where Level 2 asbestos is involved.

Any call requesting cautioning of trains.

Any SSC of a serious or unusual nature.

Any time when restricted levels of response (LOR) or minimum cover arrangements are in operation.

All calls to Birmingham or Coventry Airport, except alarms

Any injury to FS Personnel

Any call to an incident (fire) between planned revisits.

Any matter that appears to the Duty FC Officer to warrant the  attention of a Flexi Duty Command Officer.

A Flexi Duty Command Officer should respond to the following incidents –

All incidents which require a LOR of 3 pumps or more where the senior rank is a Crew Commander and fire-fighting or other actions are taking place

Any time stoppage or emergency isolation of trains is required.

All incidents which require 4 pumps or more.

All incidents where a person or persons are confirmed reported trapped.

All incidents involving fatalities

All incidents where radiation/hazardous substances are confirmed involved.

All Unlawful Acts

All Civil Disturbance incidents

All calls to Birmingham International Airport involving:-

Full Emergency

Full Emergency UA

Aircraft accident/fire on ground

Aircraft accident off the airport

All calls to primary fires at the same address within a 12 hour period (i.e. between the time the incident is left correct and the time of any subsequent call)

Serious damage to service property or premises

Accidents involving Fire Service vehicles.

Incidents at HM Prison, Birmingham

Any matter that appears to the Duty FC Officer to warrant the attention of a Flexi Duty Command Officer.

Request
2. please answer the same question but for an area manager and group manager.

Reply

All incidents where assistance message of 10 pumps or more (Duty ACDR will respond)

All fatalities due to fire

Any SSC of a serious or unusual nature

Serious accidents involving service vehicles

Serious injuries to FS Personnel

Fire Service personnel deaths

Any Recall

All Unlawful Acts

Serious Civil Disturbances

Unavailability of particular special resources, e.g. CSV, IRU, HazMats.

Any matter that appears to the Duty FC Officer to warrant the attention of the Duty area Commander

Request
3. can you confirm – how many station managers / area manager / group managers do you have?

Reply

Station Commanders – 48

Group Commanders – 13

Area Commanders – 6

(These are the numbers we currently have, I haven’t included anyone out on secondment)

Request
4. are all station managers on call?

Reply

No

Request
5. what is the rota times for on call officers?

Reply

Cover Shift is 24 hours (9 positive hours & 15 hours Standby hours during the week), weekend cover shift is the same times except the positive hours are (6 hours and Standby hours are 18 hours)

Request
6. for those on call, do they have their own vehicles with blue lights?

Reply

Yes (these are their own private vehicles that an allowance is paid and not fleet vehicles)

Request
7. for those who are on call during the night do they get paid per call out?

Reply

No

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.

 

 

Firefighter Recruitment from 2017 – 19045

Ref: FOI/19045

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 11th April 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

All points related to firefighter recruitment between August 2017 to current day unless stated otherwise. All information can be redacted so no individual is identifiable (I.e I don’t require names, emails or addresses of candidates).

Point 1

I am doing some research based and would like to know the scores and pass marks you used in your online test (numerical, verbal and mechanical) with a breakdown of ethnicity and gender indicating who was successful and who was not. Can I have the results for aforementioned tests between August 2017 to current day.

The information you provide would show for example that a white male on 01/08/17 scored 8 out of 10 and passed. I think a spreadsheet would probably be best as I am sure there are many people. If you ran separate campaigns can you ensure this is indicated.

Reply

Information only available for the last 12 months (April 2018 onwards)

Recruitment is ongoing and not campaign based.

Dependent upon our requirements at the time both men and women / BAME and white, have needed to score 7 to progress.  Equally, during the most recent phase, all candidates who achieved 6 progressed to the next stage.

Scored 6 or above and progressed Scored 6 or below and did not progress
Male White 245 449
Female White 56 103
Male BAME 49 150
Female BAME 5 26

Request

Point 2

From August 2017 to current day, could you please tell me how many people were attracted month by month (by attracted I mean completed a valid online application) broken down by ethnicity and gender. This data must include ethnicity and gender together so one can conclude how many white women compared to BME women for example have been attracted.

Reply

Information only available for last 12 months (April 2018 onwards)

Male White 2606
Female White 751
Male BAME 909
Female BAME 229

Request

Point 3

From August 2017 to current day broken down month by month how much money has been spent on social media advertising to support recruitment.

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 how much money has been spent on social media advertising to support recruitment.can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/openness/documents/

To down load the data please choose an year, once the excel spreadsheet has been downloaded choose an month, then highlight the top row of the sheet and then from the “data” option on top of screen choose “filter” option, from “Expenditure Category” column choose “Indirect Employee Expenses, from the “CIPFA detailed expenditure type” column choose “Recruitment and Assessment of Uniformed Staff” and the required information will show.

Request

Point 4

Since August 2017 to current day can I have copies of the social media adverts (photos and wording) and targeting information. So for each advert what key words for targeting, gender information and an explanation for which geographical area was targeted if it wasn’t the West Midlands as a whole (for example 5km radius of Smethwick). Please can you ensure the dates these adverts were run and the duration.

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 social media adverts (photos and wording) and targeting information can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/careers/

https://twitter.com/westmidsfire

https://en-gb.facebook.com/WestMidsFire/

WMFS do not hold information in relation to geographical areas.

Request

Point 5

Since August 2017 to current day, how many people have been successful in receiving an offer of employment as a firefighter. Can this figure be broken down by gender and ethnicity, so for example we can see how many people were white female.

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 our how many people have successfully received offer of employment can be found on CIMIS website at the following link:

https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Document.ashx?czJKcaeAi5tUFL1DTL2UE4zNRBcoShgo=nJ2htjI5PEqlJ1jsgQDdJv%2B9oWfHmJQwkNNstUCdatBntEUfirssJA%3D%3D&rUzwRPf%2BZ3zd4E7Ikn8Lyw%3D%3D=pwRE6AGJFLDNlh225F5QMaQWCtPHwdhUfCZ%2FLUQzgA2uL5jNRG4jdQ%3D%3D&mCTIbCubSFfXsDGW9IXnlg%3D%3D=hFflUdN3100%3D&kCx1AnS9%2FpWZQ40DXFvdEw%3D%3D=hFflUdN3100%3D&uJovDxwdjMPoYv%2BAJvYtyA%3D%3D=ctNJFf55vVA%3D&FgPlIEJYlotS%2BYGoBi5olA%3D%3D=NHdURQburHA%3D&d9Qjj0ag1Pd993jsyOJqFvmyB7X0CSQK=ctNJFf55vVA%3D&WGewmoAfeNR9xqBux0r1Q8Za60lavYmz=ctNJFf55vVA%3D&WGewmoAfeNQ16B2MHuCpMRKZMwaG1PaO=ctNJFf55vVA%3D

Information is on page 1 and onwards.

Request

Point 6

Since August 2017 how many people have attended firefighter assessment days? Can this figure be for each assessment period which I believe usually runs for a week. Again can this information be broken down by gender and ethnicity together so one could conclude how many white women for example attended.

Reply

Information only available for last 12 months (April 2018 onwards)

Male white 127
Female white 34
Male BAME 32
Female BAME 5

Request

Point 7

Since August 2017 to present day, can I have all the scores for your assessment days individually. This data must include gender, ethnicity, date, score and whether the person passed or failed.

Reply

Information only available for last 12 months (April 2018 onwards)

All successful candidates have achieved a minimum of an overall average score of 3 and passed the job related tests

Successful Unsuccessful
Male White 46 81
Female White 22 12
Male BAME 13 19
Female BAME 3 2

Request

Point 8

During the practical selections since August 2017 can I have a copy of the equipment carry times broken down by gender, ethnicity and date. For example on x day a white female completed the equipment carry in x time. Please could you indicate whether the person passed, failed or was invited back for re-assessment

Reply

Information only available for last 12 months (April 2018 onwards)

All successful candidates (see table above) have passed the equipment carry and completed the test within 5 minutes and 47 seconds.

Request

Point 9

From April 2018 to April 2019 what was the total spend for firefighter recruitment? This cost is to include all staff costs (meaning staff directly or indirectly engaged with recruitment or recruitment activities such as attending selection events during work time), all contracts and social media spend and any use of facility that would have otherwise been chargeable (for example using a meeting space that is also available for hire).

Could this be broken down for total costs in each area (I.e stuff costs x).

Reply

No dedicated recruitment team.  Employees carry out recruitment activity as one element of their wider role. Recruitment activity is carried out on Fire Service premises.

Request

Point 10

Can I have a copy of the findings and/or any advice from an equality impact assessment or legal consultation that was sought before conducting the current methods of firefighter recruitment (those used since 2017 onwards).

Reply

The aims of our recruitment activity are entirely aligned to organisational strategy and the outcomes detailed in the Plan.  The activity contributes to the general duty placed upon WMFS under the Equality Act 2010.

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.

Non-disclosure agreements – 19058

Ref: FOI/19058

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st May 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many non-disclosure agreements has your fire and rescue service agreed in each of the calendar years of, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (as much info as possible)? Please provide individual figures per year. Please also provide reasons for the agreements being agreed where possible (e.g. 2 whistleblower complaints). Please provide the total number of NDAs but also the different types of NDA agreements (e.g. whistleblower complaint/ / sexual harassment complaint etc.). Please make clear if the agreements concern commercial companies rather than employees. As this figure is less than 10 we are unable to provide the exact number as it may be identifiable to individuals.

  1. B) Please provide the total amount of financial compensation awarded as part of these agreements for the entirety of this period in £. The total sum of payments made for compromise eg. Along with a breakdown of the money paid out each year.

Reply

Please see attached.

Non-disclosure agreements for, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 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.

 

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