Mental Health



Request detail: 

I am currently researching how the mental health of firefighters across the UK, affects the fire service as a whole. Therefore, I would appreciate it if you could assist me with several questions. If, however, this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

-       Total number of sick days taken by individual on call and retained

firefighters for any reason, within the years 2016-2020.

-       How many days sick have been taken by individuals on call and retained

firefighters due to mental health issues, within the years 2016- 2020?

-       Please categorise the mental health issues absences, for the years 2016 -

2020 (inclusive), in the categories below;

-       How many incidents & days sickness absence for;

a.      Depression

b.      Stress

c.      Anxiety

d.      Other mental health

e.      Ill health retirement due to mental health issues.

-       How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service only report on Wholetime firefighter sickness. Please find response attached.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your question  How many occupation health referrals for mental health related issues?

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service estimates that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450.  The basis for our calculations are set out below and relate to the retrieval and review of each record. 


Number of records 

Time taken to view each record to ascertain if it a Mental health referral 

Total number of hours to view all records 

Cost per hour 

Total cost 


15 minutes

125.75 hours




  1. Under Section 12(1) of the Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request for information if it exceeds £450.00 (equivalent to 18 hours work). We have estimated that the cost of locating and extracting the information requested will exceed this limit, which has been calculated in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004. 

If you wish to progress this could you please narrow down your request? 

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:

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

Information Commissioner's Office   

Wycliffe House   

Water Lane   



SK9 5AF  

Telephone: 0303 123 1113  


Information Released: 



Monday, 8 June, 2020


Thursday, 9 July, 2020