Bariatric Patients Age Range 2023

FOI Number: 23001

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Published on 2 February 2024


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. 


I am writing to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to the rescue of a “bariatric person” 

I understand that in April 2012 a new category relating to obese people was created for your incident reporting systems. 

Could you please tell me how many call outs you received to move Bariatric or obese people from their homes or to rescue them during the following calendar years:  2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019? 

Would it be possible to reveal whether you were called to assist the ambulance service or the police, or whether you received a call directly from the person’s home? 

Would you be able to list the gender of the people you moved? 

Where possible – could you pleas reveal the age of the youngest and oldest person that you would called to assist? 


Information for 2023 will be published on the Birmingham Observatory website at the end of the financial year.  

Information from 2019 – 2022 is exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. The information can be found on West Midlands Fire Service and Birmingham Observatory website at the following link:

Please see below the ages for 2023 as this is not published on Birmingham Observatory. We cannot provide the exact ages for each incident therefore we have provided a number range.  

Year Total Female Male Max age Min age 
2023 46 23 20 96 37 

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