A request for information about Fire in Coventry & Solihull region – 18113
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 27th July 2018.
Please find below a summary of our findings.
I was hoping we could get an idea of how many recorded fires there have been in the Coventry region and the Solihull region.
If this can be narrowed down to fires caused by the heat – in fields and forests etc. that would be great information to have as well.
And if it can also be narrowed down to fires that were believed to be a result of arson – although I know this might be difficult to quantify – that would also be good.
Once again, I would like figures for both regions.
Please see attached spread sheet 18113 containing a table of outdoor incidents between 01/07/2018 and 31/07/2018 within Coventry and Solihull
Some areas where there have been repeat incidents would be good.
Below is a table of the ‘repeat’ incidents between the same time periods as above
The only locations which are easy to identify as a ‘repeat’ incident are parks, the other locations are road names or private buildings.
|Repeat Incidents – Park Areas||Incidents|
|BABBS MILL PARK, FORDBRIDGE ROAD, KINGSHURST, SOLIHULL||15|
|PANDORA ROAD, WOODWAY PARK, COVENTRY||3|
|PRIMROSE HILL PARK, BERRY STREET, HILLFIELDS, COVENTRY||3|
|CALUDON PARK, BELGRAVE ROAD, COVENTRY||3|
|MOAT HOUSE PARK, DEEDMORE ROAD, HENLEY GREEN, COVENTRY||2|
|MERIDEN PARK, FORTH DRIVE, FORDBRIDGE, BIRMINGHAM||2|
|BRUETON PARK, WARWICK ROAD, SOLIHULL||2|
|KINGSHURST PARK, MARSTON DRIVE, KINGSHURST, SOLIHULL||2|
|CASHER PARK, KINGFIELD ROAD, COVENTRY||2|
|WAR MEMORIAL PARK, CAR PARK, KENILWORTH ROAD, COVENTRY||2|
Please be aware of the following;
- The data is not final and the figures will increase.
- Only Police have the authority to label a Fire as Arson, therefore all our data is either recognised as Deliberate or Accidental.
- We do not record the source of ignition for secondary fires or recognise ‘heatwave’ as a cause of fire
- I have included all types of outdoor fires in the data, this includes the following
- Canal or riverbank vegetation
- Domestic Garden
- Heathland / Moorland
- Household wheelie bin
- Large refuse (Skip)
- Loose refuse / rubbish
- Other rubbish item (e.g. dumped / discarded sofa or mattress)
- Other ‘secondary fire’ item (e.g. garden toys and furniture)
- Other type of grassland
- Other type of outdoor industrial, agricultural or construction structure / equipment
- Outdoor storage
- Pasture and grazing
- Railway trackside vegetation
- Roadside verge or vegetation
- Rubbish bin / small refuse container outside
- Scrub land
- Sports pitch
- Trees or hedgerow
Can I also have a comment about the undoubted rise in fires.
If you cannot provide me with this can I have contact numbers for someone who might be able to answer some questions?
Questions: Why has there been such a concerted rise in fires? What can be done to address the threat of all these fires at the moment and how is the force responding to a rise in calls?
Is there any advice you would give to people in either area about fires?
Any message for those who could be starting them?
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