Details of Previous Request Not Provided Re: Assistance Messages and Calls

The request was refused by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Dear Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service,

Please would you note that that you have not provided the information that I requested and the information is still required in respect of:

1. I wanted details of all calls and assistance messages including times and content - not an overview.
2. I also wanted to know if calls originated from land lines, mobiles, automatic fire alarms or commercial receiving centres.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Cox

Freedom Of Information, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Mr Cox,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We will now undertake an internal review of our decision and information
sent to you on 15 November 2016.

 

We aim to respond to you within 20 working days of receipt of the below.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Wendy Richmond
[1]Description: Information Officer
Description: Description:
DSFRS-FULL-COLOUR-BADGE_RGB t. 01392 87 2220  f. 01392 872300  w.
[2]www.dsfire.gov.uk  [3]@DSFireUpdates 
[4]Facebook   [5]Think Sprinkler
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service,
Headquarters, The Knowle, Clyst St George,
  Exeter. EX3 0NW

 

 

 

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Freedom Of Information, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Mr Cox,

 

Thank you for your email of 16 November 2016 where you requested
information about Assistance Messages and Calls to the fire at 18
Cathedral Yard on 28 October 2016.

 

We have now conducted a review and the decision is upheld in part for the
following reasons:

 

1.     I wanted details of all calls and assistance messages including
times and content - not an overview.

As previously advised, it is intended that a report will be provided and
will be publically available through our website which will include key
information in relation to the fire, activities of the service and others.
We do not have an immediate date to know when we can release this. We
cannot release this information at present or any more detailed
information for the reasons presented in the table below:

 

Exemption Reasons to release Reasons to withhold
Section 30 Investigations and Devon & Somerset Section 30 (1) (b) this
proceedings Fire & Rescue information is currently
Service at present being held for the
  see no reason for purposes of an
release. investigation into the
(1)Information held by a cause of the incident at
public authority is exempt 18 Cathedral Yard.
information if it has at any
time been held by the  
authority for the purposes of—
The release of this
(a)any investigation which the information into the
public authority has a duty to public domain could
conduct with a view to it prejudice any future
being ascertained— investigation. 

(i)whether a person should be
charged with an offence, or

(ii)whether a person charged
with an offence is guilty of
it,

(b)any investigation which is
conducted by the authority and
in the circumstances may lead
to a decision by the authority
to institute criminal
proceedings which the
authority has power to
conduct, or

(c)any criminal proceedings
which the authority has power
to conduct.

(2)Information held by a
public authority is exempt
information if—

(a)it was obtained or recorded
by the authority for the
purposes of its functions
relating to—

(i)investigations falling
within subsection (1)(a) or
(b),

(ii)criminal proceedings which
the authority has power to
conduct,

(iii)investigations (other
than investigations falling
within subsection (1)(a) or
(b)) which are conducted by
the authority for any of the
purposes specified in section
31(2) and either by virtue of
Her Majesty’s prerogative or
by virtue of powers conferred
by or under any enactment, or

(iv)civil proceedings which
are brought by or on behalf of
the authority and arise out of
such investigations, and

(b)it relates to the obtaining
of information from
confidential sources.

(3)The duty to confirm or deny
does not arise in relation to
information which is (or if it
were held by the public
authority would be) exempt
information by virtue of
subsection (1) or (2).

(4)In relation to the
institution or conduct of
criminal proceedings or the
power to conduct them,
references in subsection
(1)(b) or (c) and subsection
(2)(a) to the public authority
include references—

(a)to any officer of the
authority,

(b)in the case of a government
department other than a
Northern Ireland department,
to the Minister of the Crown
in charge of the department,
and

(c)in the case of a Northern
Ireland department, to the
Northern Ireland Minister in
charge of the department.

[[1]F1(5)In this section—

·        “criminal
proceedings” includes service
law proceedings (as defined by
section 324(5) of the Armed
Forces Act 2006);

·        “offence” includes a
service offence (as defined by
section 50 of that Act).]

(6)In the application of this
section to Scotland—

(a)in subsection (1)(b), for
the words from “a decision” to
the end there is substituted “
a decision by the authority to
make a report to the
procurator fiscal for the
purpose of enabling him to
determine whether criminal
proceedings should be
instituted ”,

(b)in subsections (1)(c) and
(2)(a)(ii) for “which the
authority has power to
conduct” there is substituted
“ which have been instituted
in consequence of a report
made by the authority to the
procurator fiscal ”, and

(c)for any reference to a
person being charged with an
offence there is substituted a
reference to the person being
prosecuted for the offence.

 

 

2. I also wanted to know if calls originated from land lines, mobiles,
automatic fire alarms or commercial receiving centres.

The majority were from mobile phones, a few were from landlines. Calls
received several hours after initial call, some from callers a
considerable distance away.

DSFRS does not monitor any Automatic Fire Alarms directly in the Control
Room and none were received from Alarm Receiving Centres so far.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Tieneka Akers

[2]DSFRS-FULL-COLOUR-BADGE_RGB Corporate Communications Manager

t. 01392 872173    m. 07867 141954   

 

 

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