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21038 – Risk assessments for stay-put strategy & simultaneous evacuation

Ref: FOI/21038

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th March 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

What is the process for alerting you to when an assessment has taken place and a decision made to change a stay-put strategy to one of simultaneous evacuation?

Reply

The responsible person would contact the Fire Service Protection department.

Please link below to further information:

https://www.wmfs.net/our-plan/protection/

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

Request

Is there a particular document or form for the assessment itself?

Reply

Yes, Change to Simultaneous Evacuation NFCC.

Please find link below to NFCC guidance

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Simultaneous-evacuation-guidance

Request.

How many assessment notifications relating to how many buildings you have received since September 2017?

Reply

16

Request.

How many of these have now had a simultaneous evacuation plan in place for longer than 12 months?

Reply

14

Request.

How long would a simultaneous evacuation policy remains in place?

Reply

Simultaneous Evacuation is a strategy, that a building is designed for. Temporary simultaneous evacuation would be in place for as long as is required to undertake remediation.

Request.

Is there a record that the fire service keeps?

Reply

Yes.

Request.

Does the competent person have to notify the fire service at intervals?

Reply

No

Request.

Related to this – are you notified if/when they revert to a stay-put policy and what documents would demonstrate this?

Reply

Yes we are – a Fire Risk Assessment.

Request.

I know that a simultaneous evacuation policy will be likely to involve a waking watch but is there a document or piece of information I can request to confirm whether that is definitely the case?

Reply

Yes, Change to Simultaneous Evacuation NFCC.

Please find link below to NFCC guidance

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Simultaneous-evacuation-guidance

Request.

And finally, are you informed if a building has a waking watch in addition to a stay-put policy?

Reply

WMFS has no information if a building has a waking watch in addition to a stay-put policy.

Request.

Again, what is the documentation that I could request to show this?

Reply

This is not included in NFCC guidance.

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.

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

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