Firefighters

FOI Number: 22013

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Freedom of Information

Published on 24 May 2022

Ref: FOI/22013 

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. 

Request 

What is the total establishment of firefighters in your F&RS? 

Reply 

Firefighter – 1383 

Fire Control – 57 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are men? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 88% 

Fire Control – 14% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are women? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 12% 

Fire Control – 86% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are White men? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 74.3% 

Fire Control – 12.3% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are White women? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 10.6% 

Fire Control – 75.4% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Black men? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 4.4% 

Fire Control – 0% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Black women? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 0.4% 

Fire Control – 1.8% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Asian men? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 2.2% 

Fire Control – 1.8% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Asian women? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 0% 

Fire Control – 0% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Mixed men? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 5% 

Fire Control – 0% 

Request 

What percentage of your firefighters are Mixed women? 

Reply 

Firefighters – 0.7% 

Fire Control – 0% 

Request 

How many firefighters are you aiming to recruit in your F&RS in the next 3 years (2022, 2023, 2024) 

Reply 

240 (80 per year) 

Request 

Please provide any details of positive action initiatives your F&RS may currently have in place. 

Reply 

Targeted advertising 

Taster sessions 

Recruitment programme 

Fitness sessions and Kit Familiarisation 

Request 

Has your F&RS made any commitment to recruiting certain numbers from ethnic minority communities in the next 3 years (2022, 2023, 2024)? 

Reply 

Recruitment targets for female firefighters and BAME firefighters based on working population 

BAME – 35% of new entrants 

Female – 50% of new entrants 

Request 

Recruitment and Promotion 

What firefighter recruitment processes have the F&RS scheduled for 2022? Please provide dates if applicable. 

Reply 

WMFS has ongoing recruitment activity for firefighters 

Request 

What staff recruitment processes have the F&RS scheduled for 2022? Please provide dates if applicable. 

Reply 

As and when required 

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What firefighter promotion processes are scheduled for 2022 (of all ranks)? Please provide dates if applicable. 

Reply 

As and when required 

Request 

How many new firefighter recruits is your F&RS aiming to recruit in 2022? 

Reply 

80 

Request 

How many individuals are the F&RS expecting to apply to each promotion scheme in 2022? 

Reply 

WMFS does not operate promotion schemes. Selection processes are carried out as and when required. 

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