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20035 – Fire fatalities in the period of 2014-2018.

Ref: FOI/20035

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

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

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I am writing to request information about fire fatalities in the period of 2014-2018.
How many fire fatalities in this period involved people who were:
Classified as hoarders?
Homeless People?
Using Emollient Creams?

Reply

The reason for death is not captured within the workbook.  Therefore, this request is based on a search through key words within the Incident Log, therefore some incidents may have been missed if the wording is misspelt or not mentioned.

Between April 2014 and March 2018, there were no fatalities attended by WMFS that involved any homeless people or Emollient Creams.

Over the same period, there were 5 fatalities that were related to hoarding. 1 x November 2015, 1 x July 2016, 1 x February 2017, 1x October 2017 and 1 x May 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.

20028 – Aerial appliances/hydraulic platforms

Ref: FOI/20026

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

How many Aerial Ladder Platforms West Midlands Fire Service currently have in their fleet.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service currently has 5 hydraulic platforms

Request

What stations operate the Aerial ladder Platforms.

Reply

Hydraulic Platforms are at Coventry, Highgate and Walsall. With spare hydraulic platforms at Oldbury and Walsall

Request

Make and model of each Aerial Ladder platform E.G. Bronto Skylift F 32 RL.

The age of each Aerial Ladder Platform.

Reply

station Make/model Year of registration
Coventry VOLVO/BRONTO 2012
Highgate VOLVO/ANGLOCO 2010
Oldbury VOLVO/ANGLOCO 2010
Walsall VOLVO FM370/BRONTO F32RLER – 2016 2016
Walsall VOLVO/BRONTO 2012

Request

Any plans to dispose, replace or buy new Aerial Ladder Platforms.

Reply

Our Replacement Policy is set at 15 Years. There isn’t any of the 5 due for replacement until 2025.

Request

Any Photos of each of the Aerial Ladder Platforms.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of information Act as photos of our fleet are available on the internet, search using WMFS appliance photos.

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.

20029 – Lift entrapment incidents at Garden Square East, Dickens Heath

Ref: FOI/20029

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 2nd March 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

As part of our due diligence we will be contacting you on an annual basis to find out if any lift entrapment’s have involved you attending the below site that we manage:

Garden Square East, Dickens Heath, B90 1GH (3 blocks with a lift in each – 1-12 Sissinghurst Court/ 1-20 Waddesdon House & 1-6 Broughton Court

Reply

We carried extensive searches and have no incidents of lifts entrapment’s record for the past 3 years.  I have utilised all address and postcode combinations and can only find one incident that was a false alarm (equipment) on 01/10/2019.

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 5A

20027 – Fire ignited by white goods over the last 5 years

Ref: FOI/20027

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 28th February 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many primary fires in residential buildings attended by your fire and rescue service were ignited by ‘white goods’, i.e. fridges, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, kettles, coffee machines etc., over the last five years?

Reply

2019/18   975
2018/17   987
2017/16   969
2016/15 1033
2015/14 1072

White goods search criteria: Cooker (hotplate/grill/oven) / Deep fat fryer / Dishwasher / Dryer / Food warming eqpt / Fridge Freezer / Heaters, Fires / Iron / Kettle (electric) / Microwave / Other cooking eqpt / Other grill / Separate ring or hotplate / Spin dryer / Toaster / Tumble dryer / Vacuum cleaner / Washer dryer / Washing machine

Request

How many primary fires in residential buildings attended by your fire and rescue service were ignited by an electric fault or caused by a problem with electrical distribution over the last five years?

Reply

2019/18  970      /     189 Fires  
2018/17 1038      /      231  
2017/16   986      /      200  
2016/15 1060      /      220  
2015/14 1067      /     189  

Source of ignition search criteria: Electrical fault / Power source / Solar panel / Wiring (inc cables and plugs)

Request

How many individuals has your fire and rescue service had to rescue from a residential building due to an electrically-ignited fire / a fire caused by a problem with electrical distribution in the past five years?

Reply

2019/18 23  /  0
2018/17 16  /  0
2017/16 22  /  1
2016/15 22  /  1
2015/14 17  /  4

Search criteria: All ‘Dwelling’ rescues within specified time frame with Source power as ‘Electric’

Request

How many individuals has your fire and rescue service had to rescue from a non-residential building due to an electrically-ignited fire / a fire caused by a problem with electrical distribution in the past five years?

Reply

2019/18 0  /  0
2018/17 0  /  0
2017/16 0  /  0
2016/15 0  /  0
2015/14 0  /  0

Please also note the following:

  1. ‘White Goods’ fires have been determined using the following source of ignition criteria Cooker (hotplate/grill/oven) / Deep fat fryer / Dishwasher / Dryer / Food warming eqpt / Fridge Freezer / Heaters, Fires / Iron / Kettle (electric) / Microwave / Other cooking eqpt / Other grill / Separate ring or hotplate / Spin dryer / Toaster / Tumble dryer / Vacuum cleaner / Washer dryer / Washing machine
  2.  For each year, the first figure is the total number of residential fires where the power source of the item igniting the fire was ‘electrical’ and the second figure is the number of fires that were caused by factors that can be attributed to ‘electrical distribution’ i.e. Electrical fault / Power source / Solar panel / Wiring (inc cables and plugs).  Please note that the first set of figures are inclusive of the second set.
  3. In line with the above, for each year, the first figure relates to persons rescued from residential fires* where the power source of the item igniting the fire was ‘electrical’ and the second figure is the number of persons rescued from residential fires* where the fire was related to ‘electrical distribution’.  Again the first set of figures includes the second set. *Residential fires have been defined as all Domestic Fires and all other residential buildings (non-dwellings).

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, SK

20016 – Thefts from Fire Service vehicles

Ref: FOI/20016

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th February 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

1)  How many thefts were recorded from (and of) fire engines and fire cars in each of the years:

  1. 2015
  2. 2016
  3. 2017
  4. 2018
  5. 2019

2)  Please could you provide details on each theft (item stolen, location etc.) if possible, within the cost limit?

3)  Please could you give a monetary value of each stolen item – if this is likely to exceed the cost limit then could you please provide a monetary value for the thefts per year?

Reply

There were no thefts record for years 2015 to 2019

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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