20108 – Waking Watches

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Ref: FOI/20108

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.

Request

  1. The number of residential buildings in your authority area where a permanent ‘waking watch’ (fire wardens) are in place to ensure they meet fire safety standards

Reply

West Midlands Fire service is unaware of any permanent waking watches within our area. Current guidance, published by the NFCC – Simultaneous Evacuation Guidance 3rd addition on the 1/10/2020, states that “ Waking Watches are considered temporary measures whilst remedial work is completed.”

Request

  1. The number of these where the reason for the waking watch relates to concerns about the cladding/external façade of the building

Reply

Not applicable

Request

  1. The length of time these waking watches have been in place

Reply

Not applicable

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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