Fleet list and equipment in those appliances

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Brandon Tomlinson

Dear West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,

Im writing to you today to ask if i would be allowed to know the current West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service fleet and the equipment in those fleet vehicles. Im making this request as i'am part of a roleplay community were we base our self's off West Yorkshire as a county and im in charge of running West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and i was wondering if i would be allowed the requested information, this is i can use that information to make our community more realistic and be able to train my firefighters and help us get a better understanding of the equipment and appliances used by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue in real life and also because im interested in West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and have always struggled to find current and up to date information on the internet. I know this sounds a unusual and strange request but i would greatly appreciate it if you would be able to give me some information. And sorry for the hassle of asking this request in the current state the UK is in.

Yours faithfully,

Brandon Tomlinson

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Dear Brandon Tomlinson

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

Thank you for your email dated 3 June 2020, which was received by West
Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on 4 June 2020 requesting the
following information:

 

I’m writing to you today to ask if i would be allowed to know the current
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service fleet and the equipment in those
fleet vehicles. Im making this request as i'm part of a roleplay community
were we base our self's off West Yorkshire as a county and im in charge of
running West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and i was wondering if i
would be allowed the requested information, this is i can use that
information to make our community more realistic and be able to train my
firefighters and help us get a better understanding of the equipment and
appliances used by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue in real life and also
because im interested in West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and have
always struggled to find current and up to date information on the
internet. I know this sounds a unusual and strange request but i would
greatly appreciate it if you would be able to give me some information.
And sorry for the hassle of asking this request in the current state the
UK is in.

 

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service acknowledges receipt of your
request and confirms that it will respond to you with the information it
holds, unless the information is covered by one of the exemptions in the
Act. We will respond to you as soon as possible, and in any event within
the 20 working days required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in
the manner requested. Accordingly, we will respond with the information
that you have requested by 2 July 2020

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Information Team

Corporate Team

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Oakroyd Hall | Bradford Road | Birkenshaw | West Yorkshire | BD11 2DY

 

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23 June 2020

 

 

Dear Brandon Tomlinson

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 3 June 2020, which was
received by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on the same day.

 

Your request is as follows:

 

“..the current West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service fleet and the
equipment in those fleet vehicles.”

 

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service response:

 

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have now completed its search for the
information you requested and can now confirm as follows:-

 

Though West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information that
you have requested, the information is exempt under section 21* of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, as it is otherwise accessible. The
information is currently accessible from the following link of our website
at [1]www.wyfs.co.uk:
[2]https://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/about-u...

 

In regards to equipment, we are withholding information related to vehicle
equipment, under Section 31(1) (a) of the Act (law enforcement) which
covers all aspects of the prevention and detection of crime. Section 31 is
a qualified exemption, which means it is subject to a public interest
test. We consider that disclosure would not be in the interest of the
prevention and detection of crime as disclosure of the requested
information may enable those with a criminal intent the opportunity to
target the appliances/vehicles. We acknowledge the public interest in
openness and transparency. We also appreciate that disclosure of this
information would provide appropriate transparency and reassurance
regarding the level of capability in West Yorkshire and may also enhance
public confidence in the fire and rescue service. However, for the reasons
outlined we have concluded that the balance of public interest favours
withholding this information.

 

*Section 21 - Information accessible to applicant by other means.
(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under section 1 is exempt information.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), information -
(a) may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though it is
accessible only on payment, and
(b) is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the applicant if it is
information which the public authority or any other person is obliged by
or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than by making the
information available for inspection) to members of the public on request,
whether free of charge or on payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority's publication scheme and any payment required is specified in,
or determined in accordance with, the scheme.

 

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Oakroyd Hall

Birkenshaw

West Yorkshire

BD11 2DY

Telephone: 01274 473787

E-mail: [3][West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service request email]

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Aleemah Mohmin

Information Governance Administrator

Corporate Services

 

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Brandon Tomlinson

Hi,

Id just like to say thank you for giving me the information regarding the fleet and I completely understand you refusing to give the equipment list and i respect that decision.
And also thank you for everything you are doing through these unusual times.

Yours sincerely,

Brandon Tomlinson

Information, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you for contacting West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Your enquiry will be reviewed by the relevant department during office
hours (Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 hours).

If you have a fire or other rescue emergency, always dial 999 immediately.

Information relating to ‘frequently asked questions’ can be found on our
website under FAQs.

 

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