Firefighter Demographics

FOI Number: FOI22147

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Freedom of Information

Published on 23 February 2023

Ref: FOI/22147 

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 

Our research project study firefighters’ demographics, lifestyle and wider characteristics linked to their life expectancy. 

To proceed, we need to know the overall Firefighter’s population which includes firefighters who left the service from West Midlands Fire Service. 

• Can you please confirm you have data? 

Reply 

All Uniformed Staff 
Female – 176 
Male – 1187 
Total – 1363 

Firefighters Only 
Female – 131 
Male – 678 
Total – 809 

Request 

• Can you please confirm if I included all Fire and Rescue Services you cover? (If not, can you please specify which I missed, and include them as well) 

Reply 

West Midlands Fire Service is the headquarters, covering the following stations: 

Aston 

Sutton 

Erdington 

Perry Barr 

Ward End 

Handsworth 

 Solihull 

Sheldon 

Coventry 

Canley 

Foleshill 

Binley 

Bickenhill 

Highgate 

Woodgate Valley 

Smethwick 

Bournbrook 

Kings Norton 

Northfield 

Ladywood 

Billesley 

Hay Mills 

Oldbury 

Brierley Hill 

Haden Cross 

Stourbridge 

Tipton 

West Bromwich 

Dudley                    

Walsall 

Bloxwich 

Willenhall 

Aldridge 

Wolverhampton 

Fallings Park 

Bilston 

Tettenhall 

Wednesbury 

Request 

• Will it be possible to obtain from you the total number of male pensioners (firefighters) you have in each of the age groups specified below in each year (2000-2021) who you pay a pension to because of firefighter service (please see the Table below). Please use one table for all the Services (add them all up) and include any missed from my list. 

Reply 

We do not hold any further historical information of pensioners by age each year.  

Please see attached (under Current Pensioners Tab) 

Request 

• If possible, to provide numbers how many of the pension scheme members (male firefighters) died each year for 2000 to 2021 (as a total number -not divided by age categories). 
Please use one table for all the Services (add them all up) and include any missed from my list. 

Reply 

Please see attached (under Pensioner Deaths tab) 

Request 

• Finally, can you please confirm whether in your pension scheme you include also: retained duty system firefighters (on-call) and fire control (operators)? 

Reply 

We do not have retained Firefighters or retained Fire Control operators, therefore we do not have the pension scheme. 

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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