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Freedom of Information

Published on 31 March 2020

Ref: FOI/20023


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.


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


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


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


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


The length of time these waking watches have been in place


Waking watches have been in place as follows

1 property – 28-1-20

1 property – 18/11/19

6 properties – 6/12/19


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


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


Incident reports (IRS reports) of these fires


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.

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