19011 – High rise buildings operational policy

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Ref: FOI/19011

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 22nd January 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Do you have High-rise structures in your response area, if yes how many and what is the size of the largest structure?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning do you have high-rise structures in your response are and what size is the tallest can be found on at the following links:

High-rise – 18141

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_and_structures_in_Birmingham

http://ukhousing.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Tower_blocks_in_Birmingham

Request

Do you have an operational policy for dealing with high-rise incident, if yes would be able to provide a copy of this information?

Reply

Yes we do have a high rise policy.  The high policy contains sensitive technical information in relation to how we respond to incidents therefore it exemption under section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by releasing this information we endangering our firefighters and compromise resilience arrangements and impede the ability of the organisation to perform core function such as responding to the incidents at high rise buildings.

Request

What is your Pre-determined Attendance (PDA) for an incident in a High-rise premise for an unconfirmed and confirmed fire?

Reply

Our level of response for high rise is a minimum of 13 personnel and minimum of 16 personnel for a Persons Reported. All incidents are Dynamically Mobilised by Fire Control and the control operator has the ability to either augment or reduce a response to an incident depending on information gathered, from a variety of sources such as multiple calls, information from caller or 999Eye imagery.

Request

What are your average response times for the first and second fire appliance for the last three years?

Reply

Please see attached.

Response Times 1.0 Download

How many turn outs have you had in the last three years to a High-rise property? Out of these responses how many required firefighting actions to be carried out?

Reply

Please see attached.

No files found in this folder.

Request

In the last three years have any issues, which hindered Firefighters response at High-rise incidents been recorded/observed? If yes what were the factors involved?

Reply

None

Request

Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your PDA for a High-rise incident; confirmed and unconfirmed?

Reply

We did for certain premises with confirmed ACM cladding or other identified cladding systems and external building components which do not meet required standards of limited combustibility until removed.

Request

Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your policies/procedures regarding High-rise incidents?

Reply

Yes. Fully reviewed. A learning panel was set up but no major changes applied.

Request

In the last three years have you as a service researched/implemented new tactics or equipment for dealing with high-rise incidents?

Reply

No

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, 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

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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