19104 – Short term lets

Ref: FOI/19104

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 8th July 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

What is the West Midlands Fire Service’s policy on whether properties available for short-term letting such as through Airbnb are in scope of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Reply

The West Midlands fire Service do not have a specific policy on short term letting. WMFS follow national guidance and specifically guidance provided in a government document called ‘Paying Guests’.  (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/11085/payingguests.pdf)

Request

What are the details of the West Midlands Fire Service’s inspection programme and compliance strategy for Airbnb and similar short-term letting properties in the West Midlands.

Reply

The West Midlands Fire Service inspect premises through a Risk Based Inspection Programme or our Referral and Complaints system. Airbnb properties have no specific inspection programme.

Request

In each of the past 5 years, what data has the West Midlands Fire Service (i) requested and (ii) received regarding the location of Airbnb and similar short-term letting properties in the West Midlands and from whom.

Reply

Data has not been specifically gathered from short-term letting properties by West Midlands Fire Service as we have had not identified a specific need, rise in referrals, rise in complaints about this type of property or experienced any operational learning internally or nationally.

Request

In each of the past 5 years, how many Airbnb properties in the West Midlands have been audited to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Fire Safety Order.

Reply

Our risk-based system does not have a separate category for Airbnb which we can search on and so properties would come under the banner of ‘sleeping risk’. Therefore, I could not give you a specific number. Our risk-based system takes into account size and complexity of the building, so it is unlikely that a normal domestic property offering Airbnb services would be scored as very high and requiring audit on our system.

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.

19051 – Prosecutions under Regulatory Reform Order 2005

Ref: FOI/19051

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 on 30th April 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

The number of prosecutions/convictions for offences under Article 32 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for the period between 1 October 2006- March 31 2009.

Reply

The number of prosecutions/convictions for offences under Article 32 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for 1-10-2006 and 31-3-2009 is 8

Request

The number of acquittals for offences under Article 32 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for the period between 2006-2009.

Reply

The number of acquittals for offences under Article 32 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for 1-10-2006 and 31-3-2009 is 0

Request

Which articles under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 were individuals/companies prosecuted under between the period of 2006-2009.

Reply

The articles under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 were individuals/companies prosecuted for 1-10-2006 and 31-3-2009

Art 8 Art 9 Art 13 Art 14 Art 17 Art 32(1)(d)
10 1 1 14 5 2

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.

19096 – ACM Cladding

Ref: FOI/19096

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 30th July 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please would you provide information on the number of buildings in the West Midlands region which have ACM cladding, please would you identify how many of these buildings have cladding which are over 18 metres in height and how many are under 18 metres in height. Please would you provide a spreadsheet of the addresses of these buildings and the level of ACM cladding on the buildings, with details on when the cladding was identified and when it will be removed.

Reply

WMFS does not maintain a data base of buildings below 18 metres with ACM cladding and we do not have in depth details of the cladding and dates of removal on our database.

The information collected on our current data base shows, there are 9 buildings over 18m that had ACM cladding; 5 privately owned and 4 social housing.

Of the 9 buildings, 8 of these building have now removed the ACM cladding.

The address information is exempt under Section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as disclosing this information is likely to endanger the public and fire service personnel. By specifically identify building(s) with ACM cladding will cause unnecessary panic, effect resilience arrangements and thus endanger fire-fighter safety.

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.

19093 – Inspections at care facilities

Ref: FOI/19093

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 21st July 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  • THE NUMBER OF CARE FACILITIES WITHIN THE FIRE SERVICE AREA, FOR CLARITY I REQUIRE THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL AND NURSING HOMES THAT YOU HAVE LISTED ON YOUR RECORDS FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 2018 – MARCH 2019.

Reply

4020

Request

  • THE NUMBER OF ROUTINE INSPECTIONS UNDERTAKEN AT THESE PREMISES APRIL 2018 – MARCH 2019

Reply

159

  • THE NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS UNDERTAKEN FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT APRIL 2018 – MARCH 2019

Reply

We have received 537 complaints from April 2018 to March 2019 for residential and nursing homes, each property has an individual file and we will have to locate, retrieve and extract the information from each one. I estimate that above request will exceed the appropriate time limit set under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to fulfil your request. Therefore the information you have requested is exempt under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you wish for us to proceed with supplying you the information, we will have to issue you a fee notice which will have to be paid in full before we release the information.  Please advise us at your earliest conveniences if you would like to be issue a fee notice.

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.

19083 – Fire safety assessments

Ref: FOI/19083

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 3rd July 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Require info on whether fire safety assessment conducted by wmfs on a commercial premises and outcome.
Muther ltd
14 Rea south st
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 6lb

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service does not complete fire safety assessments.  Data collected during Fire Safety Audits or other fire service activities is only available to the owner/occupier of the property or solicitors, insurance companies and loss adjusters who are acting on behalf owner/occupier you will need provide proof of ownership/occupation before we carry out any checks for documents.

However if you are in process of purchasing/ renting the property please find links below with further advice and guidance.

https://www.wmfs.net/our-services/fire-safety/#

https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-risk-assessments

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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