320 12 23 – Bariatric Incidents by Age & Gender 2019-2023 (December 2023)

Date of Request

December 23


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?

If you have already been asked this question in a recent FOI request, could you please redact and send to me?

Kind regards,


Dear X,

Thank you for your request for information, which has been received by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the Service) and considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The Service can confirm that the requested information is held. Please find the answers to your questions attached.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact Information Governance and Committee Services on tel: 0345 122 4454 or by e-mail informationrequests@hwfire.org.uk In any such communication please include the reference number assigned (see Subject).

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Thank you for your request for information.

Kind regards,

Information Governance Team

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