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Primary fires where sprinklers are recorded

FOI number: 21112

FAQ Category: 
Incidents and Emergency Response
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Ref: FOI/21112


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 28th September 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Can you please provide a listing of primary fires where sprinklers are recorded as present and the fire outcome for the three financial years 2018/19-2020/21. To help us to conduct the research on the trend of sprinkler use and activations using the data can we ask that the dataset only includes the following data elements:

FRS Name (1.2)
Financial Year
Month of Incident
X Coordinate (to the nearest km)
Y Coordinate (to the nearest km)
Property category (Level 3) (3.2)
Property category (Level 4) (3.2)
Were there any active safety systems present? (7.11 – where data = Yes)
Type of active safety systems present? (7.12 – where data = sprinklers (1) or water mist (2))
Location of active safety systems in relation to fire (7.13)
Did the safety system operate? (7.14)
How many operated? (7.15)
Impact upon fire? (7.16)
Reason system did not function as intended (7.17)
Rapid fire growth (8.8)
Location of fire origin (8.14)
Building special construction description (8.18)
Fire size on arrival (8.20)
Extent of the area that is fire damaged (8.24)
Floor fire originated (8.30)
Number of pumps attending


Please see attached.

Please note:

The number of pumps attending, where it says 0 that’s because a BSV (Brigade Support Vehicle) attended, and they’re not pumping appliances. Please note the number of pumps may include reliefs for large incidents, which means they’re not necessarily all there at the same time.

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21112 Incidents involving sprinklers or water mist

Primary fires where sprinklers are recorded.
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