Firefighter Injuries

Nick Stylianou made this Freedom of Information request to London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am looking for information about injuries at the London Fire Brigade sustained in the line of duty.

Specifically, could you please provide me with the following details:

1. The number of injuries sustained by firefighters on duty from 2008 to 2011. I would also request that this be broken down by month, type of injury and station.

2. The total number of leave taken related to injuries in the line of duty from 2008 to 2011. I would also request that this be broken down by month, type of injury and station.

3. The maximum amount of leave available to firefighters and, where relevant, reasons why any extension to this leave has been extended, broken down by month and unit.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.
If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you also please include your responses to those requests.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Nick Stylianou

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

Dear Mr Stylianou

Thank you for your request for information, as detailed below, which we
received on 9 November 2011. Your request will be considered under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and as such, I will
respond to you by no later than within 20 working days.

If you have any queries in the meanwhile, please contact me quoting your
request reference number in the subject field.

Kind regards

Aidan Bartley

Information Management
Strategy & Performance Department
London Fire Brigade


Direct T 020 8555 1200 ext 30086
Direct F 020 7960 3617
E [email address]

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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear Mr Stylianou

 

I am writing in response to your request for information which we received
on  9 November 2011.  Your request was considered under the provisions
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I have set out our
response in turn below. Please accept my apology for responding  late.

 

“I am looking for information about injuries at the London Fire Brigade
sustained in the line of duty. Specifically, could you please provide me
with the following details:

 

1. The number of injuries sustained by firefighters on duty from 2008 to
2011. I would also request that this be broken down by month, type of
injury and station.”

 

“2. The total number of leave taken related to injuries in the line of
duty from 2008 to 2011. I would also request that this be broken down by
month, type of injury and station”

 

You asked for data in respect of “injuries … sustained in the line of
duty” and we have, therefore, provided data for all uniformed operational
staff. I attach an Excel workbook which provides the data you have
requested which comes from the Brigade’s Safety Event Reporting Database
(SERD); within the workbook you will find tabs for:

(i)                 data;

(ii)               summarised data for safety events by stations and
year/month (PivotTable);

(iii)             summarised data for types of safety event by stations
and year/month (PivotTable); and

(iv)              summarised data for sickness days by stations and
year/month (PivotTable).

You should note that (a) the data for sickness days only relates to the
safety event in question; (b) the total number of days sick will include
off-duty days in accordance with counting rules from the Health & Safety
Executive so will include no working days; (c) some staff are still sick
at the time this report was prepared; and (d) the data for 2011 is to 30
November 2011.

 

“3. The maximum amount of leave available to firefighters and, where
relevant, reasons why any extension to this leave has been extended,
broken down by month and unit.”

 

“The maximum amount of leave available to firefighters”

 

For the purpose of this response, it is understood that the maximum amount
of leave refers to sick leave provisions. The Brigade policy 396 - Paid
sick leave arrangements for uniformed operational staff - provides the
following:

 

2 Entitlement

2.1 A uniformed member of the Brigade on sick leave unrelated to
authorised duty is entitled to full pay for six months in any one year
period, and half pay for a further six months.

2.2 A member of the Brigade who takes sick leave as a result of an illness
or injury arising out of authorised duty shall be entitled to full pay for
one year and half pay for a further six months.

 

“where relevant, reasons why any extension to this leave has been
extended, broken down by month and unit”

We do hold information that meets the parameters of this part of your
request. However, this type of information would, or is likely to, be held
in a hard copy Personal Record File (PRF) and to locate the specific
information from thousands of files (in excess of 7000) would exceed the
appropriate limit under  s12^1 of the FOIA – Exemption where cost of
compliance exceeds appropriate limit. This provides that a public
authority does not have to comply with a request for information if the
cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit (that limit is £450).

Assessing whether or not the appropriate limit is exceeded

In estimating whether complying with a request would exceed the
appropriate limit, Regulation 4 (3) states that an authority can only take
into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in:

• determining whether it holds the information;

• locating the information, or a document containing it;

• retrieving the information, or a document containing it; and

• extracting the information from a document containing it.

The four activities are sequential, covering the retrieval process of the
information from the Authority’s information store.

The Authority can take into account the costs attributable to the time
that persons (both the authority’s staff and external contractors) are
expected to spend on these activities. Such costs are calculated at £25
per hour per person for all authorities regardless of the actual cost or
rate of pay, which means that the limit will be exceeded if these
activities exceed 18 hours. It is our estimation that it would take 15 –
20 minutes to process/check each file.

I trust this concludes your request. However, if you have any queries,
please contact me.

 

If you believe that your rights have not been met under the FOIA, you have
the right to ask the Authority to review our response to your request for
information. If you wish to do so, please set out in writing your reasons
for asking and address them to David Wyatt, Head of Information Management
at  [1][email address] .

 

You also have the right to ask the Information Commissioner for a decision
as to whether the Authority has dealt with your request in accordance with
the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and/or Data Protection
Act. If you wish to do this, you must first ask the Authority to review
its decision; and then you must apply promptly to the Information
Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9

 

Kind regards

 

 

Aidan Bartley

Information Management

Strategy & Performance Department

London Fire Brigade

Direct T: 020 8555 1200 ext 30086

Direct F: 020 7960 3617

E: [2][email address]

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