School fires

C D Johnson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a batch sent to 54 authorities

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Dear Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service,

Under Freedom of Information Act, I would be very grateful if you could provide the following information. I am seeking to understand how many schools have been impacted by fires and whether sprinklers were present.

1. How many fires at schools have you attended in the last five full years (2014-2019 or nearest period, if not available). Please provide a breakdown per year.
2. Of the school fires you attended in this period, how many had sprinklers fitted?
3. Please provide a breakdown of the causes of fire by year.
4. For each year, please also provide a breakdown of
a. type of school e.g. primary, secondary
b. Any injuries or deaths
c. Extent of damage to school
d. Age of school
e. Whether cladding was present
f. How many of the schools at the time the fire broke out had received a low, medium or high fire risk assessment (or alternative classification if used)?
5. How many school fire risk assessments have you carried out in the last five full years (2014-2019 or alternative period if not available)?
6. Please provide a breakdown of the outcomes e.g. low, medium, high risk

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

C D Johnson

Tonya Saben, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Our ref: FOI 20 51

 

Dear C D Johnson,

  

We received your request on 13 July 2020 and we are dealing with it under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will supply you with
our findings as soon as possible, on or before 10 August 2020.

 

If you have any queries regarding this request, please contact me
directly, quoting the reference number above.

 

Best regards,

 

Tonya Saben

Information Management Administrator

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service | Peverell Avenue West |
Poundbury | Dorchester | DT1 3SU

TEL:  01722 69 1085 | SWITCHBOARD:  01722 69 1000

 

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Tonya Saben, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Ref: FOI 20 51

 

Dear CD Johnson

 

Further to your request of 13 July 2020, which I have treated as a Freedom
of Information request, please find below our response to the information
that you requested.

 

Query and response:

 

 1. How many fires at schools have you attended in the last five full
years (2014-2019 or nearest period, if not available).  Please provide
a breakdown per year.

 

Year Total
2014 8
2015 9
2016 16
2017 13
2018 10
2019 18
Grand Total 74

 

 2. Of the school fires you attended in this period, how many had
sprinklers fitted?

 

Three

 

 3. Please provide a breakdown of the causes of fire by year.

 

Year Cause Total
2014 Heat source and combustibles brought together 4
deliberately
Fault in equipment or appliance 3
Negligent use of equipment or appliance (heat source) 1
2014 Total 8
2015 Fault in equipment or appliance 3
Cooking - other cooking 2
Other 1
Overheating, unknown cause 1
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire) 1
Heat source and combustibles brought together 1
deliberately
2015 Total 9
2016 Faulty fuel supply – electricity 2
Fault in equipment or appliance 2
Overheating, unknown cause 2
Heat source and combustibles brought together 2
deliberately
Accidental-Fault in equipment or appliance 1
Faulty leads to equipment or appliance 1
Accidental-Natural occurrence 1
Accidental-Cooking - other cooking 1
Cooking - other cooking 1
Accidental-Negligent use of equipment or appliance (heat 1
source)
Accidental-Combustible articles too close to heat source 1
(or fire)
Accidental-Overheating, unknown cause 1
2016 Total 16
2017 Heat source and combustibles brought together 3
deliberately
Faulty fuel supply – electricity 3
Deliberate - others property-Heat source and 3
combustibles brought together deliberately
Fault in equipment or appliance 2
Overheating, unknown cause 1
Cooking - other cooking 1
2017 Total 13
2018 Heat source and combustibles brought together 3
deliberately
Other 2
Fault in equipment or appliance 2
Cooking - other cooking 1
Overheating, unknown cause 1
Bonfire going out of control 1
2018 Total 10
2019 Fault in equipment or appliance 6
Heat source and combustibles brought together 4
deliberately
Other 2
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire) 2
Cooking - chip pan/deep fat fryer 1
Overheating, unknown cause 1
Negligent use of equipment or appliance (heat source) 1
Faulty fuel supply - electricity 1
2019 Total 18
Grand Total 74

 

 4. For each year, please also provide a breakdown of

 

 a. type of school e.g. primary, secondary

 

Year Boarding Primary Secondary Grand Total
2014 1 2 5 8
2015 3 4 2 9
2016 1 9 6 16
2017 2 5 6 13
2018 1 3 6 10
2019 1 10 7 18
Grand Total 9 33 32 74

 

 b. Any injuries or deaths

 

Year Deaths Injuries
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 3
2018 0 0
2019 0 2

 

 c. Extent of damage to school

 

Year Damage Total
2014 Limited to room of origin 4
N/A 2
Limited to item 1st ignited 2
2014 Total 8
2015 N/A 5
Limited to room of origin 2
Limited to floor of origin (not whole building) 1
Limited to item 1st ignited 1
2015 Total 9
2016 N/A 4
Limited to room of origin 3
Extent of damage not recorded 3
Buildings-Limited to room of origin 3
Limited to floor of origin (not whole building) 2
Limited to item 1st ignited 1
2016 Total 16
2017 Limited to item 1st ignited 4
N/A 3
Limited to room of origin 2
Extent of damage not recorded 1
Whole building 1
Buildings-Limited to room of origin 1
Buildings-Whole building 1
2017 Total 13
2018 Limited to floor of origin (not whole building) 4
N/A 4
Limited to item 1st ignited 2
2018 Total 10
2019 N/A 7
Limited to room of origin 5
Limited to item 1st ignited 3
Roof space only 2
Limited to floor of origin (not whole building) 1
2019 Total 18
Grand Total 74

 

 d. Age of school

 

This information is not held.

 

 e. Whether cladding was present

 

This information is not held.

 

 f. How many of the schools at the time the fire broke out had received a
low, medium or high fire risk assessment (or alternative
classification if used)?

 

55

 5. How many school fire risk assessments have you carried out in the last
five full years (2014-2019 or alternative period if not available)?

 

93

 

 6. Please provide a breakdown of the outcomes e.g. low, medium, high risk

 

Risk category Number of audits
Very low risk 1
Low risk 41
Medium risk 49
High risk 2

 

I trust this answers your queries, however, 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 the decision, you should write to the
Information Management Team, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service,
Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
SP1 3NR within 40 working days of receipt of the original
decision. Alternatively you can email
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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a
decision. Generally the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the complaints procedure at the Fire Authority. The ICO can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

0303 123 1113

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Hannah Buxton

Information Compliance Officer

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre

Hulse Road | Salisbury | SP1 3NR

Tel: 01722 691084 | [mobile number]

dwfire.org.uk

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