20091- Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

20091

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.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please could you provide me with a copy of any communication your organisation has sent to any local authority with responsibility for highways dated between 1.3.20 and the date of this e-mail.

This communication should be limited to only those that include any reference to the fact that response times are being increased, or are at risk of being increased, because of traffic measures which have been brought in by the highways authority.

If there is any such communication could you please supply me with a full chain of responses which include all letters/emails from your organisation and all letters/emails from the highways authority in response.

Reply

Please see attached response from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. The only communication in this time frame that took place was with Sandwell Council concerning the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for Smethwick and Oldbury, as the communication was into an online portal, and we do not hold a copy of the wording that we submitted.

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However the submitted return through the online portal referenced the potential impact to our vehicles in the event of an incident in the area as we aim to attend all incidents where live or property is at risk in under 5 minutes. This was not a request to challenge the works as West Midlands Fire Service appreciates that many of the schemes reduce accidents, injuries and deaths on out roads which complements out Road Casualty Reduction Team’s work under our Prevention banner. We were highlighting out concerns and await further communication with the necessary partners.

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.

20099 – Fireworks landing on a roof of a building incidents.

Ref: FOI/20099

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 9th November 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Can you please provide me with any information that you have relating to fires that have occurred due to fireworks landing on a roof of a building. Is it possible to have the figures covering the last 3 years please.

Reply

Between April 2017 and March 2020, there have been 4 incidents where a fire started on the roof of a building and the cause was logged as fireworks.

These occurred in October 2017 (Semi-detached house), July 2028 (Private detached shed / garden shed), November 2018 (Private detached shed / garden shed), and October 2019 (Private detached shed / garden shed).

Please be aware of the following:

  • The data only includes where fireworks was the source of ignition and the place the fire started was ‘roof’. Therefore some incidents may be missed if the Officer selected any different terms
  • All buildings have been included

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.

20103 – Animal rescue cost

Ref: FOI/20103

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 18th November 2020.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

  1. Cost of animal rescues in the year 2019/20

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. West Midlands Fire Service does not record cost of incidents.

However it is possible to calculate a notional cost for call out by applying the charging mechanism that is used to calculate special service call charges.

The cost of a Pump Rescue Ladder for a special service calls for 2019/20 is £469.20

If you wish to calculate a notional incident cost then this would per approximately one pump rescue ladder for one hour per call out.

We regular publish animal rescue incident data and it can be found on websites below:

https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/animal-rescue-incidents/

Further incident data can be found on website below:

https://data.birmingham.gov.uk/dataset/wmfs-incident-data-since-2009

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.

20089 – New appliances and emergency radio

Ref: FOI/20089

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 20th October 2020.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

1) Bournbrook fire station have not had their Volvo appliance for some weeks now what is the problem with the vehicle and when will this likely to be returned?

Reply

The appliance has been at our Workshops of repair and maintenance and will be returning back to station shortly.

Request.

2) please can you confirm how many new Volvos and brvs are on order, when these will be delivered and to what stations

Reply

At present there are 5 Appliances on Order and are due to be delivered in March 2021, there are no BRV’S on order. The 5 stations are, Bilston, Perry Barr, Woodgate Valley, Oldbury, and Foleshill.

Request.

3) can you confirm in the last 12 months what stations have had their BRV / PRLs disposed – just station name is fine

Reply

PRL’S disposed of Canley Foleshill Binley Wednesbury. Kings Norton

Request.

4) on a BRV or PRL if crew face a threat I.e violence do they have a red panic button like the police do on their radios? What happens in fire control when the button is pressed is there a member of staff assigned to this

Reply

There are red panic buttons on all radios.  Fire control operator(s) who are monitoring the channel will answer the radio and will take decisive action.

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.  

20083 – Incidents Involving tyres

Ref: FOI/20083

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

Can tyres combust without an accelerant being needed.

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 spontaneous combustion of piles tyre shred and rubber crumb can be found on the Health and safety Executive website at the following link: https://www.hse.gov.uk/rubber/spontaneous.htm

Request

How many tyre fires there have been since 2018, and without the requirement for company details to be provided, how many of those fires are deemed to be caused by a person setting fire to them?

Reply

Please see attached.

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Please note the following:

  • The period used is 1st January 2018 to 31st August 2020. This end date has been selected as not all incidents for September 2020 have yet been finalised.
  • Incidents for the above period have been identified by searching the incident log for where ‘tyre’ or ‘tyres’ were mentioned and have extracted all the incidents where tyres were involved in a fire.
  • The cause is not recorded for secondary fire incidents. In order to offset this, I have therefore included the suspected motive of each incident as well as relevant details of the incident from the log which should hopefully assist the requestor.

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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