Number of firefighters employed – 16106

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A request for information about the resources available to West Midlands Fire Service

Ref: FOI/16106

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 7th July

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. The number of times the fire authority has been asked to provide resources, or attended incidents, at the request of another fire authority from January 1 2011 to August 14 2016 inclusive, broken down by month;

Reply

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 all incidents attended by us can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/your-area/

Request

  1. The number of times the fire authority has been put on standby to provide resources, or attend incidents, at the request of another fire authority from January 1 2011 to August 14 2016 inclusive, broken down by month;

Reply

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 the number of times we have been put on standby to provide resources, or attend incidents, at the request of another fire authorities.

Request

  1. The number of engines operated by the fire authority from 2011 to 2016 inclusive, broken down by year;

Reply

For the years 2011-2015 – This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. We do not keep a record of the number of fire engines we have had in the past at any one time. For 2016 – 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 fleet can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:  https://www.wmfs.net/16025/

Request

  1. The number of firefighters employed by the fire authority from 2011 to 2016 inclusive, broken down by year;

Reply

The number of firefighters employed by the fire authority from 2011 to 2016 inclusive, broken down by year; The figures give below are sum total of number of posts, some posts are part time this is the reason for the 0.25.

2011  1783 uniformed 1147 FF

2012  1711 uniformed 1110 FF

2013  1627 uniformed 1053 FF

2014  1604 uniformed 1039 FF

2015  1578 uniformed 1024 FF

2016  1507.25 uniformed 953.25 FF – the .25 is because we have some FF working part time.

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

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