22136 - Fire-fighters with disabilities

FOI Number: FOI22136

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Published on 18 January 2023

Ref: FOI/22136


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 6th December 2022. 

Please find below a summary of our findings.


How many WMFRS firefighters have disabilities?


36 Uniformed staff, 32 Non-Uniformed staff, and 3 Fire Control staff have declared that they have a disability. 

The percentage of uniformed employees with a disability2.6%
The percentage of non-uniformed and Fire Control employees with a disability7.2%
The percentage of all employees with a disability3.8%


How many WMFRS firefighters require reasonable adjustments?


West Midlands Fire Service does not hold the information on a centralised database and the line manager(s) responsible for each individual would hold the details of their reasonable adjustments. There is a total of 71 records that would need to be checked manually and therefore, we estimate it would take approximately 20mins to locate, retrieve and extract the information from each record which will equal 23.66hrs and therefore, will exceed the appropriate time limit allowed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, if you would like to proceed with us to locate, retrieve and extract the information from each record then you will be issued a fee notice for payment.

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If any adjustments are made, are any adjustments made to the VO2 test and if so, what are they?


There have been zero to date.


Does WMFRS offer alternatives to the Chester Treadmill Test for fitness testing and if so what are they?


Yes, Fire Ground Fitness Test, Bleep Test, and Gas analysis.

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