Bariatric Rescues



Request detail: 

Dear FOI Officer

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:  2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019?

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?

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

Where possible – could you pleas reveal the age of the youngest and oldest person that you would called to assist?

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Please find attached the information requested for 2023.

For the years 2019,2020,2021,2022 this has been previously published and is exempt under  Section 21 - Information accessible to the applicant by other means.

Please find the link to this information which is already published on our website. Bariatric rescues | Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can complain or request an internal review of the decision. This must be done within 40 working days of receiving this response. You can do this by writing to the Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HJ or email:

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Information Released: 



Saturday, 23 December, 2023


Tuesday, 23 January, 2024