Farley House Usage – 15121

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A request asking how many people can safely use Farley House.

Ref: FOI/15121

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 12th September 2015

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

What is the number of attendees which West Midlands Fire Service feel can safely use Farley House?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places the onus of complying with this legislation onto the responsible person(s). In that they must provide general fire precautions as to keep relevant persons safe from fire. This will include having the appropriate means of escape for their occupancy levels. The number of persons who can use the facility at anyone given time is dependent on the outcomes of their fire risk assessment. This arbitrary number is fluid in that it can go up or down at any given time as the fire risk assessment is a dynamic task. An example being if several persons who had mobility issues were at the premises at the same time could mean that the evacuation strategy become more complex, which could result in an overall reduced capacity.

At the time of the visit to this property by Fire Safety Inspecting Officer was satisfied with the general fire safety precautions in place at that time in specific relation to the number of persons there is likely to have on site at any given time.

A figure based on the above would mean taking measurements and assessing the means of escape to a point which we as the enforcing authority don’t currently do. This function is down to the fire risk assessor to evaluate all factors including door width measurements, floor space factors, occupancy and fire precautions in place and then determine the overall occupancy figures in which they can safely ensure an evacuation in case of a fire.

The occupancy numbers for this premises is dependent on the fire risk assessment. The number of attendees which West Midlands Fire Service feel can safely use Farley House is a distinct figure that we cannot provide. The WMFS is satisfied with the current general fire precautions in the premises at the time of our last visit.

In relation to the car parking and congestion issues this will sit outside the remit of the WMFS.

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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