fbpx

20033 – High rise response

< Back

Ref: FOI/20033

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 further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings, as of the 14th March, 2020.

Request

Are there any High-Rise Residential buildings in your response are, if yes how many and what is the size of the tallest structure?
When it comes to confirmed and unconfirmed fires in High-Rise buildings, what is your Pre-Determined Attendance?
Since the Grenfell fire have you made changes to your Pre-Determined Attendance

Is there an operational policy for dealing with High-Rise Buildings? If so, would it be possible to share the operational policy information with me?
Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our response to high rise incidents can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/foi-entry/high-rise-19011/

Request

How many mobilizations have you had for High-Rise building fires per year in the last three years? Out of these responses what is the total amount in which firefighting actions had to be carried out?

Reply

The below data is for primary fires at all buildings, residential and non-residential, therefore including hospitals, shopping centres, residential tower blocks, etc between 01/01/2017 and 31/12/2019,

buildings consisting of 5 or more floors above ground including the ground floor:

year Fires Fires with firefighting
2017 171 96
2018 187 99
2019 231 133

buildings consisting of 7 or more floors above ground including the ground floor:

year Fires Fires with firefighting
2017 127 70
2018 152 80
2019 179 105

All data for the current financial year is provisional and subject to change following end-of-year data quality checks.

Request

As a result of a couple of high-rise building fires there is major concerns on the stay put policy. Therefore, can you best describe from a fire officers point of view, until what circumstances does the stay put policy need to be overcome during a fire by the fire service?
As a result of the Grenfell fire can you summarize the main changes to your procedures.

As a result of the phase 1 Grenfell Enquiry recommendations. How have you changed the way you manage or control evacuation procedure

What do you think are the most positive things you have changed to improve evacuation procedures?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our evacuation procedure can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/foi-entry/foi19138/

 

Request

Does your firefighting personal undertake familiarization visits to High-Rise buildings? If so, how frequent?
Reply

As a fire and rescue service we undertake familiarisation visits to gather information to enable us to extinguish fires and protect life and property as defined in Section 7 (2)d of the Fire Services Act 2004.

Our familiarisation model for site visits outlines six main ‘risk areas’; Firefighter Safety, Individual and Societal, Environment, Community, Heritage and Economic. This model accepts the judgement of the person making the risk assessment, the staff involved with assessing the risk areas fully understand the process. Once an initial visit had been conducted, the risk score will inform the frequency of re-visits. With those premises assessed as high risk being visited on an annual basis.

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.

Customer Service Form

General enquiry


A safe and well visit for you..

A safe and well visit for someone else...

Safeside enquiry form


Booking enquiry

Accessibility