Fleet, Incidents, Carehomes / Children's Homes

FOI Number: 22034

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Published on 24 May 2022

Ref: FOI/22034 

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 

Number and type of vehicles in the fire service fleet  

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. The information can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:  

https://www.wmfs.net/foi/fleet-list/

Request 

Average response time to call out  

Reply 

The average (median) response time (attendance time) to any incident type during calendar years 2020 & 2021 was 5 minutes 30 seconds. For High Risk incidents during this period, the median attendance time was 4 minutes 36 seconds. 

Request 

Average response time to incidents at care/children’s homes 

Reply 

Please note that we only record Children’s Homes under Care Homes within the incident recording systems taxonomy. Please see link below. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/incident-recording-system-for-fire-and-rescue-authorities

The average (median) attendance time for any incident at a care/children’s homes during calendar years 2020 & 2021 was 4 minutes 56 seconds. 

Request 

Average response time to incidents outside your area to support another Fire Service  

Reply 

The average (median) attendance time for Over Border incidents during calendar years 2020 & 2021 was 9 minutes 10 seconds. 

Request 

Number of care/children’s homes registered in your service area 

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. The information can be found on the Gov Website at the following link:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/childrens-social-care-data-in-england-2019/childrens-social-care-in-england-2019

Request 

Number, Type and Location of Incidents of any sort  

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. The information can be found on the Birmingham Data Factory website at the following link:  

https://www.cityobservatory.birmingham.gov.uk/search?q=wmfs

Request 

Number and type of incidents at care/children’s homes  

Reply 

Please note that we only record Children’s Homes under Care Homes within the incident recording systems taxonomy. Please see link below. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/incident-recording-system-for-fire-and-rescue-authorities

Incident Type Incidents 
False Alarms 257 
Fires 30 

Request 

Number of care/children’s home fire and their causes  

Reply 

Please note that we only record Children’s Homes under Care Homes within the incident recording systems taxonomy. Please see link below. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/incident-recording-system-for-fire-and-rescue-authorities

TABLE 3: Cause Incidents 
Fault in equipment or appliance (incl. overheating) 14 
Any heat source and combustibles brought together deliberately 
Careless handling  – due to careless disposal 
Careless handling – due to knocking over 
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire) 
Cooking – any other cooking 
Cooking – any other cooking left on or unattended 
Cooking – chip pan / fat pan left on or unattended 
Faulty fuel supplies – Electricity 
Faulty leads to equipment or appliance 
Other 

 
Request 

Number of care/children’s homes who received an onsite fire safety inspection  

Reply 

Number of care homes that have received on site fire safety audits relating to the year 2020-2022 are 40.  

Please note that our officers only record Children’s Homes under Care Homes within the FSEC category through PBI recording.  

Request 

Number of care/children’s homes who received a virtual fire safety inspection  

Reply 

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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