Fires Involving Meters – 15152

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A request for information regarding fires involving meters and for details of a specific incident.

Ref: FOI/15152


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 16th December 2015

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Following incident no 74840 Can you please advise if you have had any communication or reports from Western power and if so please can you provide me with any copies of any communication or reports or details of communications (verbal or otherwise).

Our Fire Investigation and Prevention Team have not had any involvement with this fire and do not hold any reports.

How many incidents has the fire service attended that has involved the source of the fire being smart metres in the last 10 years?
When did each of these incidents take place and what was the make and model of the smart metres and who was the provider?

The method of recording the source of ignition for a fire does not give meters as an option therefore it is up to the discretion of the Officer in Charge of the incident to provide the information. This has led to a wide variation in the amount of information provided.  The attached spreadsheet shows the date of the fires attended by us to meters and all the detail provided by the officer’s concerning the source of ignition.  We are only able to provide data going back to 2009 as we are unable to access information concerning meters prior to this.  This is due a change in the way we recorded incident data in 2009

Fires Involving Meters

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