A request for information about how many buildings in your area are subject to a watching wake or fire watch-18067
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 on 1st May 2018
Please find below a summary of our findings.
Could you please detail how many buildings in your area are subject to a watching wake or fire watch?
Please detail whether they are owned by private landlords or the local authority. What type of buildings are they, domestic, commercial etc?
Please disclose the same figure for this time last year?
Please disclose the exact duties that the fire watch covers and why the decision was made to make use of a waking watch.
Please see Simultaneous Evacuation Guidance (replaces Waking Watch) which details what it is and reasons for implementation.
What is the cost of this service?
Please see attached. SSC costs. West Midlands Fire Service does not record the cost amount, so it is therefore exempt under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information 2000 Act. However it is possible to calculate a notional cost for call out by applying the charging mechanism that is used to calculate special service call charges.
Please see attached document for the cost of a Pump Rescue Ladder for a special service calls.
If you wish to calculate a notional incident cost then this would per approximately one pump rescue ladder for one hour per call out.
If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to 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.