19062 – Pre-determined attendance

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Ref: FOI/1962

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 28th May 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide the following information from your Pre-Determined Attendance plan in place at the time. In the absence of your own definition, please take a high rise block to mean any building of a height above 18m as set out in Building Regulations.

– the number of pumps overall required to attend a high rise fire

– the number of aerial ladders required to attend a high rise fire

– the number of Fire Rescue Units required to attend a high rise fire

Reply

The Pre-Determined Attendance (PDA) for a high rise fire at the beginning of 2010 was 4 Pump Rescue Ladders (PRLs), aerial appliances were sent on request only.

The PDA was amended on 1st April 2010 to numbers of personnel, 13 to a high rise fire and 16 to a high rise fire persons reported to include a minimum of 3 PRL’s, no aerials

The PDA was amended again on 1st August 2013 to include Brigade Response Vehicles so the numbers of personnel remained the same to include a minimum of 2 PRL’s, no aerials and remains as this.

Prime movers will be mobilised on occasions when any demountable unit is to be mobilised or relocated. Demountable units will be mobilised if requested by the Incident Commander

Demountable units mobilised, will be accompanied by the necessary trained crew(s). West Midlands Fire Service has the following demountable units

  • Incident Command Unit
  • Incident Support Unit
  • Hazardous materials and Environmental Protection Unit
  • Detection Identification and Monitoring

Request

For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide

– the average number of pumps available within the service

– the average number of aerial ladders available within the service

– the average number of Fire Rescue Units available within the service

Reply

The average number of aerial appliances within the Brigade has not changed for the whole period and is 5

The average number of pumps within the Brigade has not changed for the whole period and is 60 For each year the number available is below

yr count
2009 61
2010 60
2011 60
2012 63
2013 65
2014 74
2015 60
2016 60
2017 60
2018 60
2019 60

The average number of Prime movers within the Brigade has not changed for the whole period and is 6, West Midlands Fire Service also has a further 6 prime movers which are new dimension assets.

Request

If your PDA has changed during this period please explain the reasons for any change either by way of a new statement or by disclosing existing documents.

Reply

Please see attached for summary of changes and date when guidance issued.

Pre-determined attendance changes 1.0 Download

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF

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