A request for information about full time-equivalent fire safety officers have been employed by West Midlands Fire Service on 31st March -17063
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 22nd June 2017.
Please find below a summary of our findings.
How many full time-equivalent fire safety officers have been employed by the FRS for each FY since 2006/2007? (if figures are not available this far back, I would request data from the earliest year available)
For the number of full time-equivalent fire safety officers have been employed by West Midlands Fire Service on 31st March on each of the years requested, please see attached. FOI17063
The number of staff within the WMFS is based on a number of factors and this is decided by the fire authority based on evidence and financial resources available. The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority has a rolling plan based on community needs, risk profiles, resources available, incorporating requirements of investment into equipment and buildings etc. Included into this is the allocation and distribution of employees following strategic reviews into operational requirements. The operating model within the protection department (fire safety) is continually reviewed as a result of the rolling plan and subsequently the number of full time fire safety officers fluctuates. It is also worth mentioning that currently all fire fighters have completed or are undergoing training in basic fire safety allowing them to deal with simple issues leaving more capacity for dedicated fire safety officers to carry out more complex issues and also help support the businesses within the West Midlands.
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