21288-Vehicle Information

I have seen a vehicle that had ambulance markings on it. I am wondering if this vehicle is one of yours.

It was a VW Van and it said incident support unit on it. It also appeared to have the vehicle identifier NI-101 on it.

If this is one of yours please could you tell me the following.

What the NI of NI-101 means

Where this vehicle is based

What role this vehicle has

Are there any other vehicles of the same kind located around the EEAS coverage area, if so where.

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    I have seen a vehicle that had ambulance markings on it. I am wondering if this vehicle is one of yours.

    It was a VW Van and it said incident support unit on it. It also appeared to have the vehicle identifier NI-101 on it.

    If this is one of yours please could you tell me the following.

    What the NI of NI-101 means

    Where this vehicle is based

    What role this vehicle has

    Are there any other vehicles of the same kind located around the EEAS coverage area, if so where.

    The Trust has a large fleet of vehicles used for a variety of purposes to support care to our patients and respond to incidents, this does include a number of VW van type vehicles.

    Regarding the request made the Trust has thought carefully around the information requested and we have decided to withhold the vehicle specific information, including base locations and purpose. The Trust will be applying exemption section 24 of the Freedom of Information Act to this part of your request.

    Section 24 National Security:

     (1) Information which does not fall within section 23(1) is exempt information if exemption from section 1(1)(b) is required for the purpose of safeguarding national security

    The FoI request in question is enquiring about information that could be used to identify a vehicle, its purpose and the base location where this vehicle and others are parked when not in use. Disclosing this type of  information about our vehicles would provide individuals with knowledge of where marked vehicles are, which then could be used to steal the fleet and also place the Trust at risk. Regarding the current climate with terrorism threat level at the highest it has been for a long time, the Trust needs to ensure information being released is information which cannot be used in a way which can be detrimental to the Trust as an organisation, the staff and also the patients using the service.

    As section 24(1) is a qualified exemption, the Trust has gone on to consider the public interest in this case. The Trust accepts that there is a public interest in this case. Whilst there is a need for protecting the Trust and its fleet, there is also a public interest in ensuring that the Trust protects itself when transporting and treating patients. Therefore on the balance the Trust considers that the public interest in favour of disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in favour of maintaining the exemption.

     

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    Trust wide
  • Category:
    Fleet
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