20058 – Mental health of firefighters

Ref: FOI/20058

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 2nd July 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am currently researching how the mental health of firefighters across the UK, affects the fire service as a whole. Therefore, I would appreciate it if you could assist me with several questions.

–        Total number of sick days taken by wholetime firefighters for any reason, within the years 2016-2020.

–        How many days sick have been taken by wholetime firefighters due to mental health issues, within the years 2016- 2020?

–        Please categorise the mental health issues absences, as below.

–        How many incidents & days sickness absence for;

  1. Depression
  2. Stress
  3. Anxiety
  4. Other mental health
  5. Ill health retirement due to mental health issues.

–        How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

In order to assist you with this request, I have provided you a spreadsheet in which to capture the data.

Reply

Please see attached.

Data from 2016 to 2020 1.0 Download

Request.

How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. We do not record this information.

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.

20046 – Online tests scores by specific ethnic group

Ref: FOI/20046

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 19th May 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am writing to see if you can also provide  mean scores for the online tests (numerical, verbal and mechanical), or preferably a composted, by specific ethnic group (e.g., Asian, Black, White).

I would need sample sizes, means, and standard deviations to make sense of the data.  Could you provide these for the last 12 months?

Reply

Please see below.

These are the results of the numerical, verbal and mechanical tests undertaken in the last 12 months as requested:

Ethnicity Number of Candidates Average Standard Deviation
White 959 5.82 0.97
Asian or Asian British 94 5.45 0.99
Black or Black British 68 5.25 0.92
Mixed heritage 115 5.83 0.95
All other responses* 16 6.00 0.89
Total 1252 5.77 0.98
*Other Ethnicity, Prefer not to state and Not Stated have been combined due to the small number of candidates.

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.

20038- Employment headcount since 31st March 2019

Ref: FOI/20038

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

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

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

we would like to know how many (a) wholetime firefighter, (b) retained firefighter, (c) fire control room, (d) support staff and (e) total staff there were employed in your Fire and Rescue Service, measured by headcount, on 31 March 2019 and 31 March 2020.

We also request the (f) number of wholetime firefighters employed by your fire and rescue service as of 31 March 2019 and 31 March 2020 (headcount) that also work a retained contract, and therefore could be described as “wholetime-retained”. To clarify, we only request the number of wholetime firefighters with an additional retained contract – we are not asking whether it is with your own or another fire and rescue service.

We would appreciate a table for the respective years detailing the data in the following format:

1) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2019:

  Headcount
Wholetime  
Retained  
Control  
Support  
Total  
   
Wholetime-retained  

2) 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

Please see below:

1) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2019:

  Headcount
Wholetime  1405
Retained  0
Control  63
Support  437
Total  1905
   
Wholetime-retained  57

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

  Headcount
Wholetime  1403
Retained  0
Control  64
Support  422
Total  1889
   
Wholetime-retained  62

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.

 

 

200035 – Diversity recruitment in the fire service

Ref: FOI/20032

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 11th March 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  • What would be your strategy to develop BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) recruitment to improve the image of the Fire Service?

Reply

One of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) key strategic objectives is to ensure that effective strategies are embedded to support the Service in achieving equality outcomes for our diverse communities.  WMFS is committed to having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities to give us the widest spectrum of ideas, backgrounds, cultures and skills.  A diverse workforce will enable effective engagement with the communities we serve, deliver the priorities within our strategy and, in turn, make the West Midlands Safer, Stronger and Healthier.

WMFS will conduct a range of positive action initiatives in recruitment and will use initiatives to attract, encourage and support candidates from underrepresented groups to compete for posts on an equal basis.

Our underrepresented groups include those from BAME communities.

Request

  • How does your fire service recruit female firefighters, do you have a target to be achieved?

Reply

As per point 1 above.  The Service is also underrepresented of women in operational roles. WMFS seeks to achieve 50% of all new entrant firefighters to be female.

Request

  • Do you have suitable toilet/hygiene/changing facilities for female firefighters on all your stations?  If not do you have a strategy to accommodate females, and if so what might that be? 

Reply

Yes.

Request

  • Will using section 159 of the Equality at Work Act 2010 for treating employees of a protected characteristic more favourably, result to benefit women and BAME recruitment?

Reply

WMFS reserves the right to use section 159 during recruitment and selection.

We will not use section 159 as a standard policy.

Request

  • London Fire Brigade recently launched their Firefighting Sexism campaign to eliminate gender exclusive language in the workplace. Would your service consider adopting a similar policy to eliminate discriminative language?

Reply

WMFS uses a behavioural approach, focussing on behaviours in the work place to create a fully inclusive environment making use of the latest psychological research into unconscious bias and micro aggressions to educate and train all our managers and employees.

Request

  • If you use social media to advertise recruitment, has this encouraged more women and BAME to apply, influencing a positive image? 

Reply

WMFS targets social media advertising to women and BAME. We have found this targeted recruitment advertising very effective when combined with other positive action action interventions

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.

20020 – Mental Health

Ref: FOI/20020

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 10th February 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

The number of individual firefighters within your force to have reported mental health issues (including a breakdown where available of depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress and any other categories that the service breaks this down into)

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. West Midlands Fire Services does not record mental health issues.

Request

The number of individual firefighters within your force to have had one or more days sick leave as a result of mental health issues (including a breakdown where available of depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress and any other categories that the service breaks this down into)

The total number of days that firefighters have been absent because of sick days due to mental health issues (including a breakdown where available of depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress and any other categories that the service breaks this down into)

Reply

Please see attached.

Data 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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