20113 – Waking Watches

Ref: FOI/20113

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 4th December 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

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

Reply

12 Residential addresses have a waking watch system to raise the alarm and / or manage an evacuation.

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

10 Residential addresses.

Request.

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

Reply

Various lengths of time but none since before June 2017

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.

20107 – Buildings identified with ACM cladding systems

Ref: FOI/20107

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

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

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Further to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Building Safety Programme: Monthly Data Release on 31 October 2020 can you please provide details of the 1 to 5 high-rise (over 18 metres) residential buildings (including student accommodation and hotels) and publicly owned buildings identified with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations in Birmingham.

Reply

WMFS is aware of 2 buildings in the WMFS area which presently have ACM cladding.  One is a residential block and one building is a hotel.

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.

20108 – Waking Watches

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

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.

20102 – Waking Watches

Ref: FOI/20102

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th November 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

How many ‘waking watches’ are in currently place in residential buildings in your area due to flammable cladding or other fire safety defects

Reply

32

Request.

How many of these buildings are over 18m

Reply

32

Request.

How many of these buildings are between 11m and 18m

Reply

0

Request.

How many buildings in your area have had temporary alarm systems installed over the last year due to flammable cladding or other fire safety defects

Reply

2

Request.

How many of these buildings are over 18m

Reply

1

Request.

How many of these buildings are between 11m and 18m

Reply

0

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

20081- Building Fire Safety

Ref: FOI/20081

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th September 2020.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. I would like to know the most recent data for how many residential buildings (11m +) in your authority which have been identified as having fire safety concerns

Reply

At present we are concentrating on blocks over 18m and have identified approximately 118 buildings with fire safety concerns.

Request

  1. As a result of these concerns how many currently have 24 hour waking watches (fire wardens) in place

Reply

37

Request

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

Reply

These watches were set up between December 2017 and July 2020

Request

  1. Of these buildings how many times has the fire service has been called to fires or suspected fires at these buildings since June 2017.

Reply

45

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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