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A request for information about Emergency response vehicles and response times

Ref: FOI/16044


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 17th March 2016

Please find below a summary of our findings.


What is the length, width and height of each model and make of emergency response vehicle West Midlands Fire Service operates?


Please see below the length, height and width of the frontline appliances:-

PRL’s (Pump Rescue Ladders, more commonly known as fire engines)

Volvo FL               7.87m (L) 3.25m (H) x 2.5m (W)

Dennis Sabre       7.7m (L) x 3.25m (H) x 2.43m (W)

HP’s (Hydraulic/aerial platforms)

Volvo FM             10.12m (L) x 3.58m (H) x 2.95m (W)

ERF                       11.7m (L) x 3.5m (H) x 2.5m (W)

MAN 18.285       12.0m (L) x 3.5m (H) x 2.5m (H)

PM (Prime Mover)

MAN TGA            8.3m (L) x 3.3m (H) x 2.5m (W)

BRV (Brigade Response Vehicle)

Toyota Hilux       5.26m (L) x 2.06m (H) x 2.13m (W)


How many times have the fire service’s emergency response vehicles been delayed in reaching an incident between 2010 and 2015?

In reference to Q2, how many of these delays have been because of an obstruction in the form of a parked vehicle?


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 delays in mobilising, but make every effort to maintain the fastest times where appropriate and if possible, to improve on these.


What powers does the fire service have to move vehicles obstructing access to an incident?


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 powers that the fire service have to move vehicles obstructing access to an incident can be found in the Fire and Rescue Service Act 2004 section 44 at the following link:

If you have any queries about this letter, 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