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FOI Number: 23110

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Published on 16 October 2023

WMFS OFFICIAL – NEW – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI23110 

Ref: FOI/23110 

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 

Section 1 – Mark ‘X’ to the following that apply Mark ‘X’ if the following is correct 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use radio technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use mobile technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use satellite technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 2G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 3G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 4G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 5G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?   
Section 2  Answer here 
Are your first responders and emergency services vehicles able to achieve guaranteed network connectivity across 100% of their administrative area? Yes or No?   
How many issues specifically relating to communication or connectivity issues across first responder vehicles and devices have been logged over the last five calendar years?   
Over the last five calendar years there has been a set budget allocated for new communication technologies for incident response? If so, what was this figure?   
Over the last five calendar years was there a set budget allocated for replacing or mending faulty or unreliable incident response communication technologies? If so, what was this figure?   

Reply 

Section 1 – Mark ‘X’ to the following that apply Mark ‘X’ if the following is correct 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use radio technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?  X 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use mobile technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?  X 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use satellite technology for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?  X 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 2G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?  X 
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 3G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel? X  
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 4G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel? X  
Motor vehicles (for example police cars or ambulances), human powered vehicles (for example a cycle response bike), aircrafts (such as air ambulances or police helicopters) or portable devices used by first responders (such as mobile phones or tablets), allocated for responding to emergency incidents use 5G networks for communication with first responders or other emergency services personnel?  N/A 
Section 2  Answer here 
Are your first responders and emergency services vehicles able to achieve guaranteed network connectivity across 100% of their administrative area? Yes or No? No  
How many issues specifically relating to communication or connectivity issues across first responder vehicles and devices have been logged over the last five calendar years? This information is exempt under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information.    
Over the last five calendar years there has been a set budget allocated for new communication technologies for incident response? If so, what was this figure? £450k  
Over the last five calendar years was there a set budget allocated for replacing or mending faulty or unreliable incident response communication technologies? If so, what was this figure? N/A  

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