Our protection priorities:
- we will protect life and property by targeting high-risk buildings and vulnerable businesses though an advice, compliance and enforcement approach to fire safety legislation, with a focus on residential tall buildings
- we will continuously improve our community safety outcomes by implementing the learning from independent and sector-led reviews
- we will improve community safety through innovative and smarter approaches, using digital technology to enhance the delivery of protection activities
- we will assist in the restoration of economic growth through prevention, education and support to businesses, including collaboration with other regulators and partner agencies
- we will develop and adopt innovative approaches to reduce disruption to businesses, communities and West Midlands Fire Service caused by unwanted fire signals.
Our protection work is all about protecting life and property, making businesses and the economy stronger, and communities safer.
We inspect high-risk and tall buildings, including residential flats, hospitals, schools and vulnerable businesses, to keep safe and reassure the people who live and work there.
We also advise companies on fire safety legislation, to keep their staff and customers safe and help their businesses to grow.
Our ‘Safe and Strong’ visits include advice on how to prevent a fire (including arson) happening in the first place, to protect your staff, buildings and contents. We’ll also signpost you to helpful; and free business continuity resources.
And we work with other regulators and partner agencies to support major developments and events.
We are continually developing digital ways to engage with partner agencies and business owners.
Our specialist fire safety officers are supported by our business support officers and firefighters. We work with the owners and managers of tall buildings to ensure that the new Fire Safety Bill and guidance is understood and acted upon.
If you’re responsible for fire safety in a building, it’s important you understand and stay within the law. We do our very best to advise on where improvements can be made. But we do take enforcement action if necessary.
Our Business Support Vehicles help to bring down the number of unnecessary fire alarms and the disruption they cause. This is complemented by our staff in Fire Control using a system known as ‘call challenge’ to check whether or not we actually need to respond, or if it’s a false alarm.
With our partners – local, regional and national – we work to influence the development of new legislation.