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FOI Number: FOI23111

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Freedom of Information

Published on 6 October 2023

Ref: FOI/23111


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 28th August 2023

Please find below a summary of our findings.


1. A list of, Bodybuilder manufacturer role, location and vehicle type such as WrL or TL of every vehicle in your fire fleet.


Please see attached.


Bodybuilder job number


This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. We do not record Bodybuilder job number.


A list of registrations and VIN numbers.


As a major emergency service provider, you will appreciate that we must ensure that our assets are adequality protected. by releasing detailed information about our registrations, VIN number, of our vehicles in response to your request and other similar requests under Freedom of Information Act 200 has wider implications that we must consider. By this we mean that disclosing this information may prejudice our ability to maintain our own and national security. We believe that maintaining security and ensuring public safety in a national and local context takes precedence over this request.

We accept that this type of information is of interest to commercial companies and to researchers but believe that it is not in the greater public good to release detailed information.

We do not imply that release of this information alone would necessarily be immediately detrimental but taken with other information we consider that it could have an adverse effect on our capability, effectiveness and security. Given the current security climate in the UK we recognise the necessity to take a precautionary approach. In this situation we have also taken account of whether the release of this information, could, if put together with other available information, cause damage. After consideration we concluded that this type of information cannot be divorced from its context and looked at in isolation. In some circumstances, releasing this information could give rise to prejudice that would not otherwise have existed, because, taken together with other information requested, it could disclose a composite of information which is more sensitive than its individual parts taken separately.

We are therefore refusing your request under Freedom of Information exemptions, s24 National Security and s38 Health and Safety.

In taking this decision we have taken note of the Centre for Protecting the National Infrastructure Guidance on disclosure of sensitive information, which states “…. that national security is paramount and should be considered carefully in any government or commercial decision to release or disseminate information to the public”.

This guidance continues to state that careful consideration must be given before disclosing ‘precise information which exposes an organisation’s information or process control systems to the threat of an attack’.

The above exemption is subject to the public interest test. 

Information related to registration and VIN number is exempt s38 health and safety and s24 nation security as disclosing this information is likely to endanger the safety of any individual. These identifiers specifically identify individual resources that may respond to incidents related to community resilience or counter terrorism with other agencies. by publishing registration and VIN number could expose vulnerabilities in resilience arrangements and thus the safety of any individual and may assist unlawfully activities in the preparation of a ‘cloned’ vehicle, compromising both public safety and our personnel.

It is acknowledged that these could be collected by the applicant visiting each station separately, but this would require significant effort on behalf of the applicant.

However, you will appreciate that we must ensure that information relating to emergency response vehicles is appropriately protected.  We have therefore concluded that on balance, there is a much stronger public interest in withholding this information.

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.


2. A list of recently disposed of vehicles.

3. A list of vehicles awaiting disposal.


Please see attached.


4. A list of vehicles awaiting to enter service, currently in build/on order and vehicles out to tender


We currently have 2 vans being fitted out, these will be registered and added to our Fleet in due course.

We have a further 6 Vans on order.

There are currently 6 Fire Appliances on order/in build too.

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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Document/s or policies that are related to, or referenced, in this Freedom of Information Request reply.

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