Data concerning fire deaths, target times and home fire safety visits – 16136

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A request for information about data on fire deaths, target times and home fire safety visits

Ref: FOI/16136

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 on 2nd November

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

For each year, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 (to current date), please provide:
a. Number of fire deaths per year as a result of accidental dwelling fires
b. Number of fire deaths per year total
c. Number of incidents resulting in a fire death
Reply

The number of fire deaths is as follows:

Year Number of incidents resulting in fire deaths Number of fire deaths Number of Accidental Dwelling Fire deaths
2010/11 16 19 11
2011/12 27 27 18
2012/13 18 18 7
2013/14 19 19 11
2014/15 23 23 12
2015/16 12 12 9

Request

For each year 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 (to current date), please provide:
a. The number of home fire safety visits carried out each month (if you do not hold data in this format please provide any data you do have on prevention and safety outreach work visits.)
Reply

The number of safe and well visits carried out by West Midlands Fire service is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning safe and well visits can be found by following this link you can turn on a layer that shows the number of safe and well checks undertaken in each area https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/your-area/

It should be noted that our strategy does not focus simply on quantity but rather on balancing this with risk and vulnerability.  We target, through partners and our IRMP, the most vulnerable in our communities and spend time delivering interventions.  These interventions are no longer purely fire related and cover a wide range of areas that help us to support the most vulnerable.

Please find attached historical data. hsc-and-saw-2013-16

Request

For each year 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 (to current date), please provide:
a. The percentage of first engine response times to a fire that fell within the target time
b. The percentage of second engine response times to a fire that fell within the target time
c. The current target response times for first and second engines and details of any changes in these since 2013.
(Please note, if this is too wide, please provide data for house/dwelling fires.)
Reply

West Midland Fire Service (WMFS) takes an evidence based approach to the services it provides to the community it serves.  Through our Integrated Risk Management Plan and the research we have undertaken in relation to survivability, injury and economic impact WMFS has developed response time based upon risk.  We have a risk based 5 minute response time to life and property incidents.

Our response standards are as follows:

Incident Category Description First Engine Target
Category 1 High Risk – Life/Property 5 minutes
Category 2 Medium Risk 7 minutes
Category 3 Low Risk 10 minutes
Category 4 Very Low Risk 20 minutes

Our current average attendance time to category one incidents is 4 minutes and 41 seconds.    WMFS takes a risk based approach in relation response times based upon incident type and geographical location.  Please follow this link to see our attendance times across our delivery area based upon risk:  https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/your-area/  Therefore is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor.

Please find attached historical data.  response-targets-and-performance-1

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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