LBC Request : Bariatric Rescues

Rachael Venables made this Freedom of Information request to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a batch sent to 41 authorities

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Rachael Venables

Dear Buckinghamshire 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

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Ms Venables,

 

Thank-you for your request for information about bariatric rescues, which
I am dealing with under the terms of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.
 I have not as yet included details about the crews attending and, if
possible, this information will follow.  If that is not possible I will
explain why.   

 

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority do not break down costs
of attending different incidents. In the “services we charge for”  section
of our website:
[1]https://bucksfire.gov.uk/fire-authority/...

We quote a cost of £305 + VAT  per hour and part of an hour  for an
appliance and crew: (charges to run from time of leaving station to time
of return).  However, this does not fully define cost per incident where
other factors may need to be considered.

 

Please see attached file regarding the incidents with associated
narrative.  We do not record the ages of people rescued therefore please
accept this a partial refusal notice as this information is not held. I
can confirm that no equipment has been identified as being procured for
bariatric rescues therefore the response is zero equipment for each of the
years:

i)      2013/14

ii)       2014/15

iii)      2015/16

iv)      2016/17

v)      2017/18

vi)      2018/19 to 15.06.18

 

Each request for assistance is assessed on a case by case by basis and if
Fire Stations do not have suitable equipment, we  also have an Urban
Search and Rescue (USAR) capability which although not clearly defined for
bariatric people, has a number of items of equipment that may be used to
assist with a rescue.   

 

If you have any queries about this email please contact me quoting
reference 2018/19/43

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
Please visit our website at [2]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

Our vision is to make Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest areas
in England in which to live, work and travel.

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Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Ms Venables,

 

Further to your request for information about bariatric rescues, 

 

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority do not break down costs
of attending different incidents. In the “services we charge for”  section
of our website:
[1]https://bucksfire.gov.uk/fire-authority/...

We quote a cost of £305 + VAT  per hour and part of an hour  for an
appliance and crew: (charges to run from time of leaving station to time
of return).  However, this does not fully define cost per incident where
other factors may need to be considered.

 

Please see attached file regarding the incidents with associated
narrative.  We do not record the ages of people rescued therefore please
accept this a partial refusal notice as this information is not held. I
can confirm that no equipment has been identified as being procured for
bariatric rescues therefore the response is zero equipment for each of the
years:

i)      2013/14

ii)       2014/15

iii)      2015/16

iv)      2016/17

v)      2017/18

vi)      2018/19 to 15.06.18

 

Each request for assistance is assessed on a case by case by basis and if
Fire Stations do not have suitable equipment, we  also have an Urban
Search and Rescue (USAR) capability which although not clearly defined for
bariatric people, has a number of items of equipment that may be used to
assist with a rescue.   

 

In terms of Bariatric rescues there is no specific training provided to
operational crews and therefore no associated costs. Staff will as part of
their acquisition and ongoing training delivered locally on station, have
input on manual handling techniques. Therefore there are no training costs
specifically associated with this service.   

 

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Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance and Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
Please visit our website at [3]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

Our vision is to make Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest areas
in England in which to live, work and travel.

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