Co responding with ambulance service – 16098

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A request for information about operating a co-responder scheme with the local ambulance service.

Ref: FOI/16098

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 29th July 2016.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request
Can you please indicate if the fire and rescue service operates a co-responder scheme with the local ambulance service?
In what situations would the fire service act as a co-responder?
When did the fire service start doing this?
Can you please indicate how many co-responding incidents the fire service has responded to.
What were the average monthly response times to incidents in the 12 months before the co-responding schemes were introduced? What is the average monthly response time now?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service believes that it is ready and able to undertake the role of co-responding within the West Midlands area. However at this present time the West Midlands Ambulance Service do not believe that this is required.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW.

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