LBC Request : Bariatric Rescues

Rachael Venables made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Avon Fire and Rescue as part of a batch sent to 41 authorities

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Dear Avon Fire and Rescue Service,

1. I'd like to know how many bariatric rescues the fire service was called out to attend, for each financial year, from 2013 to 2018?

Could you divide all information, by financial year?

Also, if possible, could you provide any details that you can to these rescues - (e.g.) the location type, the rescue required, number of crews called or age of person attended to?

2. Can you also provide the amount spent by the fire service on bariatric-related training and equipment, divided by financial year?

If possible, can you again provide details - so models, hoists, lifting equipment etc.?

I wish to be informed in writing whether you have such information and, if so, I seek the disclosure of that information. If the information is covered by any exemptions, please disclose such information as is not covered by the exemptions.

If you are considering charging for the disclosure of this information, please inform me before any work that would be liable to a charge is carried out.

Yours faithfully,

Rachael Venables

Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Venables

 

I write to acknowledge your email dated 31.07.2018 requesting information
regarding bariatric rescues attended by Avon Fire & Rescue Service from
2013-2018.

 

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of
receipt subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party. In some circumstances Avon Fire & Rescue
Service may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will
be informed and given a revised date at the earliest opportunity.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website, however in the meantime, thank you for your interest in
Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Ms Venables

 

I write in response to your request for information dated 31.07.2018
concerning bariatric rescues/ incidents attended by Avon Fire & Rescue
Service.

 

Your request for information has been dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I can confirm that Avon Fire &
Rescue Service holds some of the information falling within the
description specified within your request.

 

1.      I'd like to know how many bariatric rescues the fire service was
called out to attend, for each financial year, from 2013 to 2018?

      Could you divide all information, by financial year?

 

Also, if possible, could you provide any details that you can to these
rescues - (e.g.) the location type, the rescue required, number of crews
called or age of person attended to?

Such incidents are recorded on our Incident Record System (IRS) as a
‘Special Service Call (SSC)’ and  ‘Assist other agencies, Other assistance
to police/ambulance, Bariatric person (over weight)’. There are no other
recording categories on the system to identify bariatric individuals for
other incident types, such as if we are called to assist a bariatric
individual without other agencies being present, this is likely to be
recorded as ‘Medical Incident - First responder, Lift person’. 

 

Regarding if there was bariatric involvement in fire or any other SSC
incidents, such as a road traffic collision, then there is no
differentiation in the size of the victim/casualty in our data recording.
In an emergency situation, AF&RS would work with other emergency services
in attendance to ensure the welfare of the victim/casualty and safe
removal. Our data therefore does not identify bariatric for any other
incidents other than a SSC for assistance to other agencies/emergency
services.

 

Please note that under Section 21 of the FOIA ‘Information reasonable
accessible to the applicant by other means’ we advise that AF&RS publish
incident data (calls that we have attended) on our website, which you can
download via the following link for each month of the current financial
year 2018/19 and for previous complete financial years, which will cover
the years requested from 2013.

 

[1]https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/documents/ca...

 

Please note that recording that someone is classed as
‘obese/bariatric/overweight’ is either down to individual interpretation
of the crew member recording the data or is a judgement made by the other
agency/ emergency service.

 

Please note that within our incident recording, we do not record the
following in relation to ‘obese/bariatric assistance to other agencies’:

 

o a person’s weight
o we do not record victim’s age for Special Service Call incidents
o how many of the crew that attended were actively involved with the
assistance (We can provide additional data for the number of vehicles
deployed – please see attached data)
o the reasons for the assistance apart from the generic ‘Assist other
agencies, Other assistance to police/ambulance, Bariatric person (over
weight)’
o the cost of attending such incidents

 

Furthermore AF&RS do not make a charge for incidents that involve
humanitarian assistance/rescue.

 

The data that we publish on our website is presented in a CSV spreadsheet
format and you can apply your own searches via the filter function. Please
find below some of the fields that maybe of interest to you regarding your
request.

 

Column Heading Filter option
K Incident Category Special Service Call
AB Special Service Type Assist other agencies, Other assistance to
police/ambulance, Bariatric person (over
weight)
J Origin of Call Various, such as ambulance
M Property type Dwelling or other residential

 

Data regarding date/time/ type of call/Ward (district location)/ property
type and some other generic incident information is published within our
incident data on the website.

 

Can you also provide the amount spent by the fire service on
bariatric-related training and equipment, divided by financial year?

If possible, can you again provide details - so models, hoists, lifting
equipment etc.?

We do not hold the information for the amount spent divided into financial
year. AF&RS initially purchased bariatric rescue equipment as far back as
2012 and after crews attended further specialised training courses in
2016, it became apparent that we needed to purchase additional equipment
to achieve a safe system of work.

 

We utilised an existing fire appliance from our Avonmouth Fire Station by
re-bollarding one of the lockers to accommodate the additional equipment. 
This was the obvious choice of vehicle as it has a HIAB that we can also
use for live rescues.  This is backed up by Temple Station’s turntable
ladder appliance as this has a bariatric basket stretcher as part of its
issued kit.  Please note that these vehicles and equipment are also used
for other rescues and therefore we do not have a cost relating to
bariatrics.

 

In addition, as some of the equipment was purchased over 6 years ago it
would be difficult to obtain the historic prices.  The last purchase made
was for a water fillable suit that fits onto a 90kg, mannequin and a crane
sling, which was in the region of £1100.00 (which I understand is a
negotiated reduced price under RRP).  Once filled with water, crews would
then have a 240kg training aid that retains a human form and is more
realistic to what the Service is encountering. The introduction of this
equipment has greatly improved firefighter and casualty safety. 

 

In addition to the mannequin, please find below an approximate summary of
equipment.  As the equipment was ordered by different personnel over the
years it would be almost impossible to track down who ordered what, when
and cost and therefore we advise that we do not hold all of the
information.  AF&RS do not have an annual budget set aside specifically
for bariatrics. The majority of the equipment has a lifespan of 10 years.

 

Slix 100 XL bariatric stretcher

Titan XL Basket stretcher

ProMove rescue slings

ProMove crane sling kit

Slide sheets

ISC edge roller

4 Rigging plates

20 Karabiners of assorted sizes

Paratech Bi-pod head (Used with paratech gold struts already on HRT)

D4 descender x 2

Industrial descender x 2

4 wire lifting harness

3 concrete anchor spikes

RAL-F rescue system

100m 11mm climbing line

Wood beaver hole saw

Plasterboard hole saw

Chain hoist 500kg

Ratchet hoist 500kg

 

I hope that you find the above information useful.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [2]website.  AF&RS retain request correspondence for the current
financial year plus 3 years.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review within 40 working days of us
issuing the original response.  Please submit requests in writing,
including your grounds for a review, to the Data Protection Officer,  Avon
Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,
Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ, telephone 0117 9262061, or by emailing
[3][Avon Fire and Rescue Service request email].

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.
 Website [4]www.ico.org.uk. There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Thank you for your interest in Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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