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20023 – Waking Watches

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Ref: FOI/20023

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

The number of residential buildings in your authority area where a permanent ‘waking watch’ (fire wardens) are in place due to fire safety concerns

Response

WMFS has 8 residential buildings currently with ‘waking watches in place due to fire safety concerns

Request

The number of these where the reason for the waking watch relates to concerns about the cladding/external façade of the building

Response

Of the 8 residential buildings with waking watches 7 are for those with cladding issues

Request

The length of time these waking watches have been in place

Response

Waking watches have been in place as follows

1 property – 28-1-20

1 property – 18/11/19

6 properties – 6/12/19

Request

If available, the number of fires attended at these buildings since 2017

Response

The number of fires attended at properties with ‘waking watches’ is 4.

Request

Incident reports (IRS reports) of these fires

Response

Further detail about individual incidents is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 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.

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