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Freedom of Information

Published on 7 October 2020

Ref: FOI/20073


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.


  1. What inspections activities does the West Midlands Fire Service perform?


West Midlands Fire service carries out inspections to ensure compliance with the Fire Safety Order across the business community, taken form an electronic risk based inspection programme


  1. How many inspections (of each type if possible) were performed in 2019/20?


This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Detail of all Fire safety inspections can be found on the internet at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables

The information requested is in Table – FIRE1202: Fire Safety Audits carried out by Fire and Rescue Services, by fire and rescue authority


  1. How many inspectors do you employ, and what was the annual cost of these inspectors in 2019/20?


West Midlands Fire Service currently employs the following inspectors :

13 Watch Commander B

32 Watch Commander A

10.41 (FTE) green book T1A

See table below for employment costs

SC – Exc Flexi Duty WMB WMA T1A
Pay 44297 38611 36255 37849
NI 4900 4116 3790 4010
Pension 12758 11120 10441 7721
Total Cost 61955 53847 50486 49580
Pension based on 2015 scheme – 28.8%


  1. Do you use third parties to perform these inspections? If so, who did you use, and what was the annual spend in 2019/20?


West Midlands Fire Service does not use any third parties to perform inspections


  1. What information management system, if any, do you use to manage the inspections, and what was the annual spend on this in 2019/20


West Midlands fire Service uses an inhouse system called RIDGE, this has been developed to maintain our legal compliance of using a risk based inspection programme to identify and carry out our fire safety inspections in line with the Fire Safety Order

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

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