20096 – Equality and Diversity and Information Requests

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Ref: FOI/20096

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 further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

The information requested under the FOIA for the last 5 years to present are:

Request

What are the criteria to transfer to the WMFS as a firefighter?

Reply

Applicants must be a current serving wholetime competent firefighter.

Request

How many BAME transferee firefighters has the WMFS accepted and rejected?

How many transferee firefighters employed by the WMFS are disabled?

How many transferee firefighters have been employed who that fall under the Equalities Act 2010?

Reply

The number of BAME transferee firefighters is less than 10

The number of disabled transferee firefighters is less than 10

The number of transferee firefighters who that fall under the Equalities Act 2010 is less than 10

As the numbers involving transferee firefighters are low, further detail about transferee firefighters is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Request

What reasonable adjustments does the WMFS have for disabled transferee firefighters protected under the Equalities Act 2010?

Reply

WMFS applies its duty under the Equality Act 2010 to consider reasonable adjustments across all employees, including those who have transferred into the organisation. Adjustments are considered on a case by case basis to ensure that any adjustments are Reasonable, Practical and Achievable as outlined by the Acts guidance. WMFS operates a Workplace Adjustment passport system for employees requiring a reasonable adjustment which is seen as best practice. Adjustments are individual specific and confidential. WMFS has provided reasonable adjustments not only for individuals with any of the 3 automatic conditions covered by the act (Cancer , MS and HIV) but for a range of conditions as defined by the Equality Act including neurodiversity and mental health as well as physical conditions, on a case by case basis

Request

How many transferee firefighter applications have been refused due to an ‘administrative error’, by the WMFS?

Reply

No applicants have been unsuccessful because of an administrative error.

Request

How many complaints have been made by transferee firefighters against the WMFS in relation to their transfer process?

Reply

One

Request

How many grievances have been made by transferee firefighters against the WMFS in relation to their transfer process?

Reply

None

Request

How many discrimination complaints have been made by uniformed staff against the WMFS?

Reply

There have been no discrimination complaints from uniformed staff – they would utilise the internal grievance process for such matters

Request

How many discrimination grievances have been made by uniformed staff against the WMFS?

Reply

In the last 2 years there have been 4 grievances made by staff around discrimination.

Request

How much money does it cost for training transferee firefighters before they are posted to their stations?

Reply

Transfer firefighters are posted to station on the start date of employment with WMFS

Request

How much money does it cost for training new recruit firefighters before they are posted to their stations?

Reply

Based on a minimum of 16 recruits, the cost is circa £8k per recruit for initial training before being posted to a fire station. This does not include the salary costs of the trainee. Trainee firefighters are in development for up to 3 years after being posted to a fire station.

Request

How many transferee firefighters’ contracts of employments have been withdrawn after they were signed and accepted by the recipients?

Reply

One, who did not meet the criteria for transfer.

Request

How many contracts of employment have been withdrawn by the WMFS?

Reply

In the last 2 years 3 contracts of employment have been withdrawn.

Request

I would like the WMFS policies and procedures on:

  1. a) FOIA
  2. b) Complaints/Harassment
  3. c) Transfer of firefighter’s criteria
  4. d) Recruitment
  5. e) Grievances
  6. f) Equalities & Diversity
  7. g) Subject Access Request (SAR).

Reply

FOIA, Subject Access Request, Recruitment and Grievances/Harassment – please see attached

FOI20096 3
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and SARs Policy 1.0 Download
FOI20096 2
Grievance Procedures Policy 1.0 Download
FOI20096 1
Managing Vacancies Policy 1.0 Download

Transfer of firefighter’s criteria – the policy on the criteria for the transfer of firefighters is that applicants must be a current serving wholetime competent firefighter.

Complaints – 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 complaints policy and can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/customer-care-and-compliments-comments-and-complaints-ccc-policy/

Equalities & Diversity – 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 equality and diversity policy and can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/equality-and-diversity-policy/

Request

What are the demographics of the firefighters WMFS employ?

Reply

This information is exempt under sections 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our workforce demographics can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/workforce-data/ . Data not currently published will be published on our website in the future and is therefore exempt under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Request

What are the demographics of the transferee firefighters into the WMFS?

Reply

Due to the low numbers involved I can only express the data as a percentage of the whole rounded to the nearest 10%, as further detail about individuals is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Gender – male – 90%, female – 10%

Age – 25-34 – 60%, 35-44 – 30%, 45-54 – 10%

Sexual Orientation – Heterosexual – 60%, Gay / Lesbian – 10%, Not stated – 30%

Request

What are the demographics of the transferee firefighters that were rejected in their applications into the WMFS?

Reply

Further detail about the demographics of the transferee firefighters that were rejected in their applications into the WMFS is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This is due to the low number of transferee firefighters that were rejected in their application.

Request

Who has overall authority in which transferee firefighter is recruited and who is not?

Reply

The person with overall authority in which transferee firefighter is recruited and who is not is the Strategic Enabler for Peopl

Request

What is the reviewing process and criteria in recruiting/rejecting transferee applications into the WMFS and by whom?

Reply

The review process and criteria in recruiting/rejecting transferee applications into the WMFS is as follows

  • Registration of Interest from the applicant
  • Behavioural Assessment
  • Medical examination and fitness assessment
  • Pre employment checks including references (one must be current Fire Service employer), Statement of Recorded Details and training records from current Fire Service

 

The above is carried out by members of the People Support Services Team and Occupational Health.

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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