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FOI4560/March 2023/Incident Data

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request. Questions and final response:

Question 1 – I am writing to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to the rescue of a “bariatric person” I understand that in April 2012 a new category relating to obese people was created for your incident reporting systems. Could you please tell me how many call outs you received to move Bariatric or obese people from their homes or to rescue them during the following calendar years: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013?

See attached PDF with the data requested on table 1. Of these 294 incidents, only 166 incidents are recorded to have had a victim involved. The response to the question 3 reflects the unknown gender in 128 of the incidents. Please note that we only have data available from 2017 onwards.

Question 2 - Would it be possible to reveal whether you were called to assist the ambulance service or the police, or whether you received a call directly from the person’s home?

See attached PDF with the data requested on table 2.

Question 3 - Would you be able to list the gender of the people you moved?

See attached PDF with the data requested on table 3. 128 Incidents have no victim recorded so no gender data is available.

Question 4 - Where possible – could you please reveal the age of the youngest and oldest person that you would called to assist?

The youngest person ECFRS were called to assist was 21 and the oldest was 90. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Incident and other data is published on our transparency site. For further information please follow this link. Incident Data ( Thank you for your interest in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, we hope this satisfies your request. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be addressed to: Internal Review, System & Data Information Governance Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB. Please ensure you quote the above reference number in all future communications Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service website. The website address is All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

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