Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywH M Sanchez mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.

Use of sirens by emergency services

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Dear West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust,

In recent months I have observed many ambulances around Islington Row Middleway area in Birmingham using their sirens when attempting to navigate through traffic or approaching traffic lights at junctions. This occurs during all hours, including night time, resulting in high levels of noise and disturbance, especially during the night time.

In an attempt to understand this behaviour, could you please provide the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Information on if and when the policies on siren usage were last changed in order to facilitate navigation through traffic to reduce response times of the ambulances.

2. Information on why ambulances in most occasions are using sirens only when crossing junctions or passing through traffic lights in red, when according to the ‘DRIVING POLICY’ of 2018 ambulances “When deployed on an emergency case, the assigned response MUST proceed using visual & audible warning devices AT ALL TIMES.”

3. Information on what cases are considered ‘emergency cases’ on the above paragraph.

Yours faithfully,

H M Sanchez

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Our Reference: FOI/3536

Dear H M Sanchez,

Thank you for your freedom of information request, this has been logged as reference number FOI/3536.

A formal response to your freedom of information request will be sent in due course.

In the meantime, if I can assist you further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards
 
Aimee Summers
Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer
 
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership with local health economies.

OFFICIAL - Business data that is not intended for public consumption. However, this can be shared with external partners, as required.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

1 Atodiad

Our Reference: FOI/3536

 

Dear H M Sanchez,

 

Please find attached our response in relation to your request for
information.

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please find below a link to our FOI Survey, if you could spare one minute
to complete this it would be appreciated so that we can continuingly
improve the service we deliver.

 

Please be advised this survey does not require you to enter your personal
data.

 

[1]https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FMNHC6F

 

Kind Regards

 

Aimee Summers

Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer

 

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at
the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership
with local health economies.

 

 

OFFICIAL - Business data that is not intended for public consumption.
However, this can be shared with external partners, as required.

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Dear West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Use of sirens by emergency services'.

Regarding response to enquiry with Reference FOI/3536, I understand that the response received does not answer my questions or is contradictory in its answer. Therefore I would like to make the following points so I can received an answer to the questions I enquired about in the first instance:

1) In the first question of my initial inquiry I asked when the policies on siren usage WERE LAST CHANGED in order to facilitate navigation through traffic. The response says that during the last update of the Driving Policy (version 3) there have been no changes to the use of audible warning systems. BUT THAT DOES NOT ANSWER MY QUESTION. My question is not if in the last update of the Driving policy there has been changes to the use of audible warning signals. My question is WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT POLICIES CHANGED TO THE USE OF WARNING SIGNAL and in particular with the INTENTION TO FACILITATE NAVIGATION THROUGH TRAFFIC. They could have been changed on version 2 or version 1 or on a different moment, and that is what I want to know. I repeat the question: When the policies on siren usage were last changed in order to facilitate navigation through traffic to reduce response times of the ambulances? I would appreciate if this question can be answer to me.

2) In your response to my second question (“why ambulances in most occasions are using sirens ONLY WHEN CROSSING JUNCTIONS OR PASSING THROUGH TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN RED, when according to the ‘DRIVING POLICY’ of 2018 ambulances, when deployed on an emergency case, MUST proceed using visual & audible warning devices AT ALL TIMES”), the response says that ambulances deployed on emergencies MUST use audible warning AT ALL TIMES unless a reason "NOT TO DO SO". Your response says that “an example of a justifiable reason is at traffic light junctions”, but in the policy that is a reason “NOT TO DO SO” (not to use audible signal), not a reason “TO DO SO”. What I am complaining about is why they are using the sirens ONLY WHEN THEY HAVE TO CROSS TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR CROSSINGS when in the policy there is not mention any reason why they should turn on the sirens just for crossing traffic lights or crossings. I would appreciate therefore a response to my question.

3) In your response you also add that “The law clearly states the action an emergency vehicle should take when negotiating traffic signals, hence WHY SIRENS ARE TURNED OFF: ‘The prohibition conveyed is that the vehicle must not proceed beyond the stop line in such a manner or at such a time as to be likely to endanger any person or to cause the driver of another vehicle to change its speed or course in order to avoid an accident’”. What I am saying is that, in this circumstances, the ambulances are TURNING THE SIRENS ON, being this the opposite of what you imply in your response regarding what the ambulances could do when negotiating traffic lights. Therefore I would like you to clarify me why is the case that ambulances are turning sirens on when negotiating traffic lights and what are the actions that West Midlands Ambulance Services are going to take so the law, as stated in your response, is followed.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...

Yours faithfully,

H M Sanchez

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Our Reference: FOI/3536

Dear H M Sanchez,

Thank you for your email requesting for and Internal Review of your Freedom of Information Request.

I can confirm that I have raised your request and will formally respond in due course.

Kind Regards
 
Aimee Summers
Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer
 
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership with local health economies.

OFFICIAL - Business data that is not intended for public consumption. However, this can be shared with external partners, as required.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

1 Atodiad

Our Reference: FOI/3536

 

Dear H M Sanchez,

 

Please find attached our response in relation to your request for
information.

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please find below a link to our FOI Survey, if you could spare one minute
to complete this it would be appreciated so that we can continuingly
improve the service we deliver.

 

Please be advised this survey does not require you to enter your personal
data.

 

[1]https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FMNHC6F

 

Kind Regards

 

Aimee Summers

Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer

 

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at
the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership
with local health economies.

 

 

OFFICIAL - Business data that is not intended for public consumption.
However, this can be shared with external partners, as required.

[2]NHS Staff Survey 2021 - We each have a voice that counts

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywH M Sanchez mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.