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Staffing (31/3/2021 and 31/3/2022)

FOI number: 22042

FAQ Category: 
Staffing and Employment
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Ref: FOI/22042 

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 

Specifically, we would like to know how many (a) wholetime firefighter, (b) retained firefighter, (c) fire control room, (d) support staff and (e) total staff there were employed in your Fire and Rescue Service, measured by headcount, on 31 March 2021 and 31 March 2022.  

We also request the (f) number of wholetime firefighters employed by your fire and rescue service as of 31 March 2021 and 31 March 2022 (headcount) that also work a retained contract, and therefore could be described as “wholetime-retained”. To clarify, we only request the number of wholetime firefighters with an additional retained contract – we are not asking whether it is with your own or another fire and rescue service. 

We would appreciate a table for the respective years detailing the data in the following format:  

1) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2021: 

  Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained   
Control   
Support   
Total    
    
Wholetime-retained   

Reply 

 Headcount  
Wholetime    1398 
Retained   0 
Control   65 
Support   434 
Total    1897 
    
Wholetime-retained   40 

Request 

2) How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2022: 

  Headcount 
Wholetime    
Retained   
Control   
Support   
Total    
    
Wholetime-retained   

Reply 

 Headcount  
Wholetime    1385 
Retained   0 
Control   58 
Support   431 
Total    1874 
    
Wholetime-retained   40 

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