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Freedom of Information

Published on 25 February 2020

Ref: FOI/20012


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.


What First Aid Training and Mental Health Training, if any, do you provide to your staff?


First aid courses that we provide are – 3 day First Aid at Work, 2 day First Aid at Work Re-Qualification and very rarely 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work.

Mental health training is provided for Mental Health First Aiders and those leading Critical incident debriefs and Post incident defusing across the brigade.


The current provider of First Aid Training and Mental Health Training to your staff and contract expiry date


WMFS is the training centre and provider of first aid courses, these are reviewed at regular intervals.

Working Minds Ltd provide the mental health training as part of our service from our Cognitive behavioural therapy service provider, the contract expires in May 2020.


The name of the person responsible at your organisation for First Aid Training and Mental Health Training


With regards for the person responsible at your organisation for First Aid Training and Mental Health Training, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and are directed to general enquiries on 03300 589000. Or email contact@wmfs.net . Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:

The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:

  • there is a legitimate interest in disclosure;
  • the legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and,
  • the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.

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