Incidents Involving Ice

FOI Number: FOI23001

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Freedom of Information

Published on 23 February 2023

Ref: FOI/23001 


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) The number of call outs of fire service personnel for people falling through ice over the period 2018-2022 including: 
– Age demographic 
– Location of event in the West Midlands 
– Approximate cost per call out to the service 


West Midlands Fire Service does not record the cost amount for call outs, so it is therefore exempt under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information 2000 Act. However it is possible to calculate a notional cost for call outs by applying the charging mechanism that is used to calculate special service call charges. 

Please find link below to the applicable incident data for years 2018 – 2022:

Please see attached the cost of a Pump Rescue Ladder for a special service calls (SCC). 

If you wish to calculate a notional incident cost then this would per approximately one pump rescue ladder for one hour per call out. 

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