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21049 – Solihull Heights

Ref: FOI/21049

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th April 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Solihull Heights B26 3B had a facade report back in December 2020. The managing agent is refusing to give us these reports. I was wondering if these can be provided by yourself?

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 visits by the Fire Service to Solihull Heights, 54/56 New Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3BB should be provided to you by the responsible person for your property under section 22 of The Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Co-operation and co-ordination.

22 – 1) Where two or more responsible persons share, or have duties in respect of, premises (whether on a temporary or a permanent basis) each such person must—

(a)co-operate with the other responsible person concerned so far as is necessary to enable them to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by or under this Order;

(b)(taking into account the nature of his activities) take all reasonable steps to co-ordinate the measures he takes to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by or under this Order with the measures the other responsible persons are taking to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by or under this Order; and

(c)take all reasonable steps to inform the other responsible persons concerned of the risks to relevant persons arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking.

(2) Where two or more responsible persons share premises (whether on a temporary or a permanent basis) where an explosive atmosphere may occur, the responsible person who has overall responsibility for the premises must co-ordinate the implementation of all the measures required by this Part to be taken to protect relevant persons from any risk from the explosive atmosphere.

It is the ‘responsible person’ duty to share information and if they are not complying  then you could approach the Housing Ombudsman at the following link:

https://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/

Request

Also, after this report numerous works were enforced to be done and waking watch out in place. The works were completed from 18th Jan to 28th Feb.

The building has been checked and now more works have to be carried out, and waking watch out in place once again!

Is it possible to have a report to show what works were needed to be carried out on the building to make it fire safe.

Reply

There are Enforcement Notices in place for Blocks B & C of Solihull Heights. However this information is exempt under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information intended for future publication. Details will be published by West Midlands Fire Service within one calendar month.

If you follow this link and then select the enforcement register, it takes you to a Power BI dashboard. Search Solihull Heights and it shows that there is an enforcement notice on the premises and the articles that apply to the enforcement notice.

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/News/enforcement-register/266127

The articles are part of government legislation, a copy of the Regulatory Reform Order 2005 can be found at the following link:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/contents/made

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

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.

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