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Published on 18 February 2022

Ref: FOI/22016

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

How many hotels/boarding houses are registered in your county?

Reply

There is a total of 358 hotels that are currently on our Risk Identification Data Gathering Engine. We are unable to confirm whether all the hotels, guesthouses and hostels within the West Midlands are registered at present

Request

In any given year how many of these premises receive an onsite fire safety inspection?

Reply

The number and frequency of inspections vary from any given time , this differs due to :

• our risk based inspection programme

• any referrals or complaints received,

• proactive campaigns,

• following any licensing applications or initiatives.

Further Information concerning fire safety inspections completed can be found on the home office website at the following links: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection – FIRE1204 Fire safety audits carried out by fire and rescue services, by fire authority area gives details of audits completed from 2016/17 to 2020/21

Request

In any given year how many of these premises receive a virtual fire safety inspection?

Reply

Carrying out virtual inspections has been a temporary arrangement where Covid restrictions have meant we have not been able to physically visit premises.

Request

What is the average time period between inspections for these premises?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. Re inspections of premises are determined by risk level of the property

Request

How many whole and part time (whole time equivalents) Fire Inspectors do you currently employ?

What is the average salary of a Fire Safety Inspector in your service?

Reply

We currently employ the below number of Officers within fire safety:

Watch Commander B – 14

Watch Commander A – 23

Green book (T1A) – 17.34 FTE

Green book fire safety officers salary will fall within a range of pay scales these and salary scales for Watch Commanders A and B can be used to calculate an average.

WCDR A £37,535 – Rate effective from 1st July 2021 WCDR B £39,974 – Rate effective from 1st July 2021 Tech 1 A £36,922 to £38,890 in most cases the staff in this grade will be on the maximum. Rate Effective from 1st April 2020.

Request

What are your minimum qualifications /training requirements for a Fire Safety Inspector?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service follows the NFCC competency framework and therefore Fire Safety Inspectors (as per the framework) or Fire safety Inspecting Officers as we call them at present, are, once competent, qualified to Fire Safety Level 4 Diploma as per the competency framework.

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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