Findings of fire safety compliance inspections

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Dear Avon Fire and Rescue Service,

Please provide details, including outcomes, of all fire safety compliance inspections conducted on high-rise residential buildings since 14 June 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Mr Wilding

 

I write to acknowledge your letter/email dated 20.03.2018 requesting
information regarding all fire safety compliance inspections conducted on
high-rise residential buildings since 14 June 2017.

 

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of
receipt subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party. In some circumstances Avon Fire & Rescue
Service may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will
be informed and given a revised date at the earliest opportunity.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website, however in the meantime, thank you for your interest in
Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Mr Wilding

 

I write in response to your request for information dated 20.03.2018
concerning information for fire safety compliance inspections conducted on
high-rise residential buildings since 14 June 2017 by Avon Fire & Rescue
Service.

 

Your request for information has been dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I can confirm that Avon Fire &
Rescue Service holds some of the information falling within the
description specified within your request.

 

For the purposes of reviewing what information we hold, we will assume
‘fire safety compliance inspections’ as those formal fire safety audit
inspections carried out by our Technical Fire Safety Officers, under the
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO).

 

For fire safety audit inspections that we carried out during the period of
14.06.2017 – 20.03.2018, we did not have a recording category for ‘high
rise residential buildings’ regarding fire safety data, however, we have
recently introduced a new category for buildings of 6 storeys or more,
which we can use to record any future audits for this category of building
(however, this is all buildings of 6 storeys or more not just
residential).  We are also working on identifying past audits for this
category, which we anticipate data will be available within the next 3-4
months.

 

In the meantime, we do hold data for fire safety audit inspections for
buildings of 4 storeys or more, however, this may not fall into your
interpretation of ‘high rise’.  Please find some data which may be of
assistance for 4 storeys or more:

 

Data held for Fire Safety Audit Inspections carried out under RRFSO for
‘Purpose built flats >= 4 storeys’.  14.06.2017 – 20.03.2018 = 9 audits.

 

In addition to this we have also participated within the following fire
safety work in relation to both residential and non-residential buildings
of 6 storey or more:

 

o AF&RS participate in a 10 year Local Authority Tower Block Works
Programme with Bristol City Council (already 7 years in), which
involves an AF&RS Fire Safety Liaison Officer sitting on the programme
board where fire safety advice would directly feed into any
improvement plans.
o Local stations carry out familiarisation visits of their local area,
which include such buildings as standard, including the testing of dry
risers for the buildings visited.
o In addition to the above, and post the Grenfell fire incident, AF&RS
staff undertook a number of reassurance visits in attendance with
local authority staff, to the local authority residential tower blocks
within our Service area, which included visiting 52 residential tower
block buildings within the Bristol area, 6 in Bath and 3 in Weston
Super Mare. During these reassurance visits, crews undertook a basic
visual check and reported any maintenance repairs or faults regarding
fire separation to the local authority staff in attendance.  Residents
were also offered a Home Fire Safety Visit.
o Also working closely with private landlords for such buildings within
Service area.  

 

I hope that you find the above information useful.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website.  AF&RS retain request correspondence for the current
financial year plus 3 years.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review within 40 working days of us
issuing the original response.  Please submit requests in writing,
including your grounds for a review, to the Data Protection Officer,  Avon
Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,
Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ, telephone 0117 9262061, or by emailing
[2][Avon Fire and Rescue Service request email].

 

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 Website [3]www.ico.org.uk. There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Thank you for your interest in Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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Dear Ms. Warren,

Thank you for your response to my recent enquiry, this is most helpful. I note you state there were nine audits conducted at buildings of four storeys or more. Could you please confirm whether these buildings were all residential?

In addition, please could you provide the outcomes of these audits as per my original request? I am seeking the number of audits that resulted in each possible outcome. I assume these will depend on the specific processes in place at Avon Fire & Rescue but data provided by other services suggests these may include 'broadly compliant', 'enforcement notice, 'action plan', etc.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Wilding

 

Thank you for your email, which I will forward on to our Technical Fire
Safety team.

 

I will be back in touch soon.

 

Kind regards
 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Wilding

 

With regards to you email dated 19.04.2018, please find a summary of the
outcomes for the 9 audits for 4 storeys or over from 14.06.2017 –
20.03.2018, which were for residential properties:

 

Satisfactory  = 5

Short audit (not full audit). No follow up or letters sent. All audit
answers satisfactory or tolerable = 2

Action Plan no follow up inspection necessary = 1

Enforcement notice. Remedial work now taking place = 1

 

I hope that you find the above information useful.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website.  AF&RS retain request correspondence for the current
financial year plus 3 years.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review within 40 working days of us
issuing the original response.  Please submit requests in writing,
including your grounds for a review, to the Data Protection Officer,  Avon
Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,
Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ, telephone 0117 9262061, or by emailing
[2][Avon Fire and Rescue Service request email].

 

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 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.
 Website [3]www.ico.org.uk. There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Thank you for your interest in Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
[4]www.avonfire.gov.uk
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Dear Ms. Warren,

Thanks very much.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding