Dear North Wales Fire and Rescue Service,

Please could you supply details of incidents which attract
Date, time, appliances, specialist appliances , officers and callsigns, Incident end time, The number of Personnel on the Vehicles, Stations type of incident, location, type of premises i.e. hospital, outcome i.e. fire or secondary fire.

Yours faithfully,

Joe conway

FoI, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Sir,

 

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) hereby acknowledges receipt of
your request for information as detailed below, which is being actioned
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is now
receiving the Service’s attention and a response will be provided within
20 working days.

 

To confirm, your request was received on 16^th February 2020 and you have
supplied an email address for response.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer
Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru/North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth a galwadau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg - byddwn
yn ymateb yn gyfartal i’r ddwy ac yn ateb yn eich dewis iaith heb oedi.

We welcome correspondence and calls in Welsh and English - we will respond
equally to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay.

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gennych larwm, neu os ydy’ch larwm wedi torri, ffoniwch 0800 169 1234,
anfonwch e-bost i [1][email address]  neu ewch i 
[2]www.gwastan-gogcymru.org.uk am gyngor  ynglŷn â beth i’w wneud nesaf.

 

Please make sure that you regularly check your smoke alarm.  If you do not
have one, or find that the one that you do have is not working, call 0800
169 1234, e-mail [3][email address] or visit
[4]www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk for advice on what to do next.

 

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FoI, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Sir,

 

Further to your recent request to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
(NWFRS) made under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act regarding
incidents attended from 2015-2018, the response from NWFRS is contained
within the attached spreadsheet.

 

Please note that the information relating to call signs is being withheld
under Section 24(1) (National Security) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

The National Security exemption is based on the effect the release of the
information would have and not on the information itself.  As you may be
aware, disclosure under the Act is considered to be a release of
information not only to you, but to the public at large. Call signs are
used to identify and direct Officers and vehicles at emergency incidents
and NWFRS considers that, in the wrong hands, these could be misused to
impersonate an Officer and impede or interfere with the emergency
response. Fire and Rescue Services are part of the Critical National
Infrastructure and, therefore, NWFRS has a duty to protect its assets and
provide appropriate security to ensure resilience and be able to deploy
resources accordingly.

 

When applying this exemption NWFRS must consider whether the public
interest favours disclosing or withholding the information.

 

There is strong public interest in transparency, allowing the public to
know how many vehicles we have and providing reassurance regarding the
level of capability in North Wales, preventing potential danger to the
public.  By providing a list of appliances attending the identified
incidents the Service believes it has met this public interest.

 

The strongest reason favouring non-disclosure is the need to ensure that
national security is not placed at risk by enabling those with criminal
intent the opportunity to gain an operational advantage over the Fire and
Rescue Service.  Disclosing details of the call signs of vehicles would
undoubtedly compromise both local and national security and undermine law
enforcement and public safety processes.

 

You will appreciate that NWFRS must ensure that information relating to
the strategic movement of our emergency response vehicles is appropriately
protected and, therefore, NWFRS has concluded that on balance, there is a
much stronger public interest in withholding this information.

 

Please also note that location data has been limited to the Station Ground
and Unitary Authority (county) in which the incident occurred, as to
provide full location data might enable identification of individuals
living at specific addresses and, therefore, full location information is
classed as personal data, which is exempt publication under Section 40(2)
of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:

 

The Freedom of Information Officer

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

Ffordd Salesbury

St Asaph Business Park

St Asaph

Denbighshire

LL17 0JJ

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

Website: [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer
Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru/North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth a galwadau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg - byddwn
yn ymateb yn gyfartal i’r ddwy ac yn ateb yn eich dewis iaith heb oedi.

We welcome correspondence and calls in Welsh and English - we will respond
equally to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay.

Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn profi’ch larwm mwg yn rheolaidd. Os nad oes
gennych larwm, neu os ydy’ch larwm wedi torri, ffoniwch 0800 169 1234,
anfonwch e-bost i [2][email address]  neu ewch i 
[3]www.gwastan-gogcymru.org.uk am gyngor  ynglŷn â beth i’w wneud nesaf.

 

Please make sure that you regularly check your smoke alarm.  If you do not
have one, or find that the one that you do have is not working, call 0800
169 1234, e-mail [4][email address] or visit
[5]www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk for advice on what to do next.

 

 

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