Dear Her Majesty's Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services for Scotland,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 with the following request:

Please could tell me how many incidents at commercial properties you have been called to since January 1st 2019 to the present day where the property was deemed unsafe to immediately re-enter following the incident.

In addition, if the cost of doing so would not exceed the limitations set out in Section 12 of the Act, please provide the cause of the incident and the reason for blocking re-entry to the property (i.e. Cause: Fire - Reason: building structurally weakened)

Yours faithfully,

Dan Rawle

HM Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services for Scotland

Dear Mr Rawles,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Thank you for your information request by email of 21 November 2019 to HM Fire Service Inspectorate in which you asked for information about incidents at commercial properties that the Inspectorate had been called to.

The answer to your request is that HM Fire Service Inspectorate (HMFSI) is not an emergency response organisation and we have not been called to any commercial properties.

HMFSI’s principal function is the inspection of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Information about us is available on our website at

It may be that you are seeking information relevant to the Fire and Rescue Service. If so you may wish to send an information request to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. I have included a link to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website where you will find information on access to information.

Your right to request a review

If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry out an internal review of the response, by emailing us or writing to the Chief Inspector, HMFSI, St Andrews House (1R), Edinburgh EH1 3DG. Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and should be made within 40 working days from the date when you received our reply. We will complete the review and tell you the result, within 20 working days from the date when we receive your review request. If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner. More detailed information on your appeal rights is available on the Commissioner’s website at:

Please contact me if you need any further assistance.

Yours sincerely

Lynn Murray
Business Support Administrator
HM Fire Service Inspectorate
St Andrew’s House, 1R, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG
T: 0131 244 3275

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