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.
1…Does the Fire and Rescue service hold a log (or similar) which details the external paid work currently being undertaken by full time and part time firefighters in addition to their official duties with the service. These employees may run their own businesses or enterprises, or they may provide a paid service to other employers other than the service. If the answer is yes, can you, please provide a copy of this log or similar.
Yes, please see attached.
2…Irrespective of whether the service holds a log can you state how many fire fighters (full and part time) are currently engaged in paid work in addition to their duties with the fire and rescue service. In terms of external work can you please provide a breakdown which shows specific job title, area of employment and the number of fire fighters (full and part time) currently engaged in this activity. How many fire fighters (full or part time) currently own and or run a business in addition to their duties with the fire and rescue service.
Please see attachment above.
3….Since 6 August 2019 has the service provided any general written guidance to firefighters about their participation in additional paid work either for their own businesses or for other employers. If the answer is yes, can you, please provide a copy of this general written guidance.
Please see attached Outside Employment and Secondary Contracts Policy.
4…Since 6 August 2019 has the service had cause to discipline any fire fighter because of their participation in paid employment either for their own businesses or for another employer. If the answer is yes, can you, please provide the following details. In the case of each employee disciplined can you provide a brief outline of their offence or breach of the rules. In the case of each employee disciplined can you state what action was taken. For instance, was the employee given a written warning. Or was the employee sacked or suspended. In the case of each employee and each breach can you state the year when action was taken.
No disciplines of Firefighters have taken place since the 6th August 2019 because of their participation in paid employment either for their own businesses or for another employer.
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
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