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Residential incidents 1st Jan 2016 to 2021

Ref: FOI/21077

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 2nd June 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Details are requested for the period of 1st January 2016-2021
For all residential incidents attended by WMFS including
Date of Incident
Height of building
Type of active safety systems present (Automatic Fire Suppression Systems)
Location of active safety systems in relation to fire(Automatic Fire Suppression Systems)
How many heads operated?
Impact upon fire?
What was the cause of the fire?

Reply

Please see attached.  Please note we do record height of buildings therefore, add number of floors.

Request

Residential incidents postal address.

FOI21077
Incident data 1.0 Download

Reply

Specific postal addresses of incidents are exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Disclose this information with other information available would make persons identifiable and disclosing this information would contravene the GDPR data protection principles.

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.

21075 – Gas Explosions / Fires Caused by Gas

Ref: FOI/21075 

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 

a) gas explosions your fire crews have attended

Reply 

Year  Incidents 
2016  11 
2017  8 
2018  5 
2019  9 
2020  7 
Total  40 

 

Request 

b) fires where a gas appliance was recorded as the cause of the fire?

Reply 

The following tables provides an overview of fires over the last five calendar years where the source power was either ‘Gas- mains’ or ‘Gas- cylinder’.  I have also included a breakdown of the source of ignition group (i.e. the appliances that were involved) 

Year  Incidents 
2016  356 
2017  347 
2018  356 
2019  320 
2020  278 
Total  1657 

  

Source Power  Incidents 
Gas – mains  1449 
Gas – cylinder  208 
Total  1657 

  

Source of Ignition Group  Incidents 
Cooker – attached ring / hot plate  650 
Cooker – grill  289 
Cooker – oven  260 
Heater / Fire  80 
Ring / hot plate (separate appliance)  60 
Deep fat fryer  41 
Other  37 
Other industrial equipment  34 
Welding / Cutting equipment  34 
Camping stove  29 
Central heating / hot water  25 
Other cooking appliance  22 
Kiln, oven, furnace  21 
Blow lamp / Paint remover  19 
Other heating equipment  18 
Other appliance or equipment  13 
Barbecue  7 
Manufacturing equipment  5 
Gardening equipment  4 
Dryer  3 
Not known  3 
Other domestic style appliance  1 
Other grill  1 
Power source  1 
Total  1657 

 

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. 

21074 – Call-Outs at Busiest and Least Busiest Station

Ref: FOI/21074 

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 

Between the dates of 01/01/21 – 20/05/21 can you tell me what was your busiest station and how many call outs it had and also your least busiest station and its number of call outs.   

Reply 

The ‘busiest’ station was Ladywood with 404 recorded operational incidents and the ‘least busiest’ was Tettenhall with 109 recorded operational incidents. 

Please note the following: 

  • I have interpreted ‘call outs’ to mean mobilisations. However due to the way WMFS mobilise to incidents, an appliance is not always sent directly from their home station ground. 
  • The numbers quoted above represent mobilisations to operational incidents within WMFS and so do not include tests, exercises or over-border incidents. In addition, not all mobilisations result in attendance as the appliance may be stood down/cancelled en-route. 
  • The date range used is 01/01/2021 to 30/04/2021.  Incident data for May has yet to be finalised. 

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. 

21070 – Recycling and incinerator plant incidents.

Ref: FOI/21070

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 19th May 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Information disclosure under the freedom of information act. Reports on the fires on recycling and incinerator plant in your area. Concerning Perry Barr. Wednesbury. And Jayplas site. For research of cause related to at least these site for fires pleased

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 cause related to fires on recycling and incinerator plant in our area. can be found on various media outlets website at the following link:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/smethwick-fire-huge-blaze-recycling-4798598

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/emergency-services/2013/11/16/huge-fire-rips-through-wednesbury-skip-firm-site/

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/recycling-fire-perry-bar-accidental-5679175

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.

21053 – Play Ground Swing Incidents

Ref: FOI/21053

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 26th April 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am looking to please get details on the amount of fire service call outs to people who have become stuck in playground swings.

I would like this data to include the date, time and location of the incident if possible.

And I would like this data to range from January 2019 to December 2020.

Reply

Please see attached.

Incident data 1.0 Download

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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