foi-entry/19110/

Ref: FOI/19110

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 14th August 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

1.) Do these senior ranks engage in any operational work, e.g. attending incidents, supervising rescues/firefighting?

Reply

Yes

Request

2.) Have junior ranks/equipment/facilities been cut in recent years? If so, are senior roles also scrutinised whenever budget/job cuts are discussed/proposed?

Reply

All roles within the organisation are subject to review

Request

3.) What type of incidents would require the presence of the aforementioned senior ranks?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requester. Information concerning our  What type of incidents would require the presence of the aforementioned senior ranks can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.fbu.org.uk/download/file/fid/2892.   (please copy and address link into browsers)

This information is available in the NJC Conditions of Service (Grey Book) – section 3 Roles and Responsibilities, and section 4 Duty Systems and Hours of Work.

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/19097/

Ref: FOI/19097

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th August 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would like figures by financial year for the number of firefighters and civilian employees absent due to mental health related illness.

London Fire Brigade responded to a similar request in January 2018 (see disclosure log FOIA3550.1, at https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/media/3217/foia35501.pdf). I would be grateful, if at all possibly, if you could follow the same format for your response to this information request.

[Further information: in FOIA response 3550.1, London Fire Brigade gave a table, by financial year (for 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2017/18) with details of number of cases of absence due to mental health (“stress, anxiety and depression related illness”), a column with an unexplained acroynm (“LWD”), which I assume is total number of days lost, and contextual columns detailing maximum days available, and average number of staff.]

To allow me to build a national picture of mental health absence within fire services, I would really appreciate you following a similar format with your information response. Please can you provide the following:

  1. Data on number of cases of mental health related absence by financial year for (in order of priority) 2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, total number of days of absence by financial year, total days of available work and total average staff by financial year (to contextualise the figures), ideally as per the methodology of London Fire Brigade’s previous response.
  2. If you are unable to process this information request in full without exceeding time limits (Section 12), please provide data only for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Reply

Please see attached.

Data from 2014 to 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.

 

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.

 

 

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