Dear County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service,

Please supply me with data relating to fires on balconies on residential buildings in your area, as follows;

· How many fires involving balconies occurred between 1st August 2020 and 31st July 2021?

· In the same period, how many building fires occurred where balconies where found to have contributed to the external spread of the fire?

· Please provide data on the causes of any fires that started on balconies (ie; barbecue, discarded cigarette, electrical appliance fault, etc) and please provide the number of occurrences for each cause.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Cole

Brigade HQ, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you for your email, it has been sent to our FOI team.

Regards

Darlene Tait
Receptionist
Service Headquarters

Tel: 0191 3755550

Email:
[email address]
[email address]

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Dear Stephen

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 15 September 2021.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

Update March 2020 – Corona virus:  It's possible we'll take more than 20
working days to supply information for Freedom of Information Requests. 
The Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed
when CDDFRS staff have to prioritise other work to keep services running
during the Corona virus situation.  Thank you for your patience.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me on my details
below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Angela Harmston

System Administrator

 

Information Services

Tel: 0191 9160218

Email: [1][email address]

[2]www.ddfire.gov.uk

 

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Service Headquarters, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW

 

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Dear Angela,

Have you had a chance to compile the data requested as yet? My request was;

Please supply me with data relating to fires on balconies on residential buildings in your area, as follows;

· How many fires involving balconies occurred between 1st August 2020 and 31st July 2021?

· In the same period, how many building fires occurred where balconies where found to have contributed to the external spread of the fire?

· Please provide data on the causes of any fires that started on balconies (ie; barbecue, discarded cigarette, electrical appliance fault, etc) and please provide the number of occurrences for each cause.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Cole

Sarah Brownson, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Stephen,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Fires involving balconies August 2020 to July 2021

 

Your request for information has now been considered and I am pleased to
provide you with the following information.

 

Please see below for our response

· How many fires involving balconies occurred between 1st August 2020 and
31st July 2021?

 

There were zero fires reported as the location being a “balcony” during
that period. Please note that a balcony is not a recorded location in our
incident recording system (IRS) and so may not be recorded in the system
when a fire started on the balcony, however we have completed a search on
free text fields which may include the word balcony and no incidents have
been recorded.

 

· In the same period, how many building fires occurred where balconies
where found to have contributed to the external spread of the fire?

 

Nill return

 

· Please provide data on the causes of any fires that started on balconies
(ie; barbecue, discarded cigarette, electrical appliance fault, etc) and
please provide the number of occurrences for each cause.

 

Nill return

 

 

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by contacting the Freedom of Information
Officer at the address below.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545745 or 08456 306060 Website:
[1]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Sarah Brownson

FireWatch System Administrator

Direct Dial: 0191 375 5577

Email: [2][email address]

[3]www.ddfire.gov.uk

 

Safest People, Safest Places

2 or 3 breaths of toxic smoke and you’re unconscious

Don’t drown in toxic smoke

Test your smoke alarm today

 

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Service Headquarters, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW

 

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

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#Information Services, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

 

Dear Stephen,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Fires involving balconies August 2020 to July 2021

 

Your request for information has now been considered and I am pleased to
provide you with the following information.

 

Please see below for our response

· How many fires involving balconies occurred between 1st August 2020 and
31st July 2021?

 

There were zero fires reported as the location being a “balcony” during
that period. Please note that a balcony is not a recorded location in our
incident recording system (IRS) and so may not be recorded in the system
when a fire started on the balcony, however we have completed a search on
free text fields which may include the word balcony and no incidents have
been recorded.

 

· In the same period, how many building fires occurred where balconies
where found to have contributed to the external spread of the fire?

 

Nill return

 

· Please provide data on the causes of any fires that started on balconies
(ie; barbecue, discarded cigarette, electrical appliance fault, etc) and
please provide the number of occurrences for each cause.

 

Nill return

 

 

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by contacting the Freedom of Information
Officer at the address below.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545745 or 08456 306060 Website:
[1]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Sarah Brownson

FireWatch System Administrator

Direct Dial: 0191 375 5577

Email: [2][email address]

[3]www.ddfire.gov.uk

 

Safest People, Safest Places

2 or 3 breaths of toxic smoke and you’re unconscious

Don’t drown in toxic smoke

Test your smoke alarm today

 

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Service Headquarters, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW

 

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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