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19070 – Barbecue related calls

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Ref: FOI/1970


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 5th June 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


How many BBQ / barbecue-related callouts did you attend in 2018?

How many BBQ / barbecue-related callouts did you attend in 2017?


The table below shows a breakdown of the incident types for BBQ related incidents.

Incident Type 2017-18 2018-19
False Alarm 25 58
Fire 16 40
Total 41 98

Please be aware of the following;

A search within the incident log was completed for the key words ‘BBQ’ or ‘Barbecue’ as the source of ignition ‘BBQ’ brought back very limited incidents. Due to the use of searching key words, spelling mistakes may result in some incidents being missed.

The date range used is financial years.

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

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