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20017 – Rescue due to fire, flooding or any other safety risk / threats

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Ref: FOI/20017

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th February 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many individuals has your fire and rescue service had to rescue – due to fire, flooding or any other safety risk / threat – from a non-residential building in the past five years

Reply

2019/18   3
2018/17 10
2017/16 16
2016/15   0
2015/14   1

Please note rescues relate to incidents at non-domestic premises and where the FF has stated within the workbook that a person was rescued during the incident.

Request

Have you had to adapt or introduce any specific operational training in order to improve the operational response to rescuing individuals from buildings due to the changing nature of risk today, e.g. handling newer threats like a terrorist attack in addition to “traditional” threats like fire and flood etc.?

Yes – we have already done this

No, not yet – but we are planning to do this

No – and we do not currently plan to do so

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service constantly monitor and review policies relating to operational response to ensure the communities of the West Midlands are provided with an excellent emergency response. Policies have been put in place to address new threats, emerging risks when these are identified, and current policies amended as required to ensure procedures are current and as effective as possible.

Request

As an enforcing authority for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or RRO, how many commercial premises has your Fire and Rescue Service found to have failed to comply with BS 8300:2009 (Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people), for example, lack of Personal Fire Evacuation Plans drawn up for disabled people in the building or non-compliant fire compartmentation in buildings used by disabled people?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requester. Information concerning how many , how many commercial premises has your Fire and Rescue Service found to have failed to comply with BS 8300:2009 (Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people). can be found on CFOA website at the following link:

http://www.cfoa.org.uk/11822

From the left column heading “Protection” and subheading “+Enforcement Register” click on “Search Enforcement Register” and under heading Fire & Rescue Service details drop box choose West Midlands Fire Service and click on search this will show all enforcement notice showed.

Request

How many disabled people has your fire and rescue service had to rescue from a non-residential building over the last five years?

Reply

  Number of incidents Number of disabled people “assisted”
2019/18 3 incidents 3 disabled people “assisted”
2018/17 0 Incidents 0
2017/16 4 incidents 4 disabled people “assisted”
2016/15 0 incidents 0
2015/14 3 Incidents 3 disabled people “assisted”

Please note we do not record within the workbooks whether a person is ‘disabled’. To identify persons that are ‘disabled’ we searched the (non-domestic) incident logs for the period for the word ‘disabled’ and therefore, included numbers of incidents where I have identified that disabled person(s) were assisted (rather than rescued) by Fire Service personnel.

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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