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20023 – Waking Watches

Ref: FOI/20023

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

The number of residential buildings in your authority area where a permanent ‘waking watch’ (fire wardens) are in place due to fire safety concerns

Response

WMFS has 8 residential buildings currently with ‘waking watches in place due to fire safety concerns

Request

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

Response

Of the 8 residential buildings with waking watches 7 are for those with cladding issues

Request

The length of time these waking watches have been in place

Response

Waking watches have been in place as follows

1 property – 28-1-20

1 property – 18/11/19

6 properties – 6/12/19

Request

If available, the number of fires attended at these buildings since 2017

Response

The number of fires attended at properties with ‘waking watches’ is 4.

Request

Incident reports (IRS reports) of these fires

Response

Further detail about individual incidents is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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.

19143 – Fire service enforcement actions and prosecutions

Ref: FOI/19143

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 21st October 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many, in each of the past 10 financial years (2009-2019) years:

  1. Enforcement notices have been issued
  2. Prohibition notices have been issued
  3. Prosecutions instigated.

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 Fire prevention and protection activities can be found on Gov.UK website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection

The data is available in the section headed Fire prevention and protection – FIRE1204:Fire safety returns, by fire and rescue authority.

Enforcement, Alteration and prohibition notices are listed under Fire Safety Audits & Outcomes.

Request

How many, in each of the past 10 financial years (2009-2019) years:

3 prosecutions instigated.

Reply

Please see below

 

Prosecutions instigated. 2009-2019
2009-10 2 2014-15 15
2010-11 7 2015-16 5
2011-12 2 2016-17 9
2012-13 9 2017-18 1
2013-14 3 2018-19 3

 

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.

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.

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