20055- Grenfell recommendations

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Ref: FOI/20055


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 23rd June 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.


1.As required by the Grenfell recommendations, how many owners/managers of a high-rise residential building have confirmed to you they have carried out regular inspections of any lifts that are designed to be used by firefighters in an emergency?

  1. b) And reported these monthly as required?


West Midlands Fire Service collates information from owners/managers about individual premises and updates systems as and when it is presented. Our systems do not give a quantitative overview of changes. Therefore this part of your request is refused under Section 12 of the FOIA . The permitted time is approximately 250 hours to gather the information or to confirm or deny that it is held. I have attached a Fees Notice as required in the FOIA and we can proceed with establishing whether we hold the information once this is paid.


2.Has your fire and rescue service developed any policies for handling a large number of Fire Survival Guidance calls simultaneously?


Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control are actively reviewing existing FSG policy to support changes to working practices that have been introduced to the Control Room to help manage a large number of FSG calls simultaneously.


3.How many owners/managers of high-rise buildings have provided your local fire and rescue service with up-to-date plans in both paper and electron form of every floor of the building identifying the location of key fire safety systems?


See reply to question 1.


4.How many owners/managers of high-rise buildings have provided your fire and rescue service confirmation that there is a premises information box which contains a copy of the up-to-date floor plans and information about personal evacuation plans for residents who may struggle to do so.


See reply to question 1.

Sir Martin Bick-Moore requests that the recommendations become law, so they are only recommendations at this stage and are therefore not mandatory. As a Service we support the Phase 1 Enquiry recommendations and are working alongside our partners and building owners to make our communities safe from fire.

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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