Enforcement of means of escape under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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Dear West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service,

Please provide under Freedom of Information:

1. The number of low, medium and high-rise residential buildings in your area (or your current/best estimate of them) covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

2. The total number of deficiency and/or enforcement notices served to the owners of these buildings relating to means of escape (Articles 14(2)(b) & 15 (1)(b)), since the 30th October 2019 to the date of this FOI

3. The number of deficiency and/or enforcement notices served to the owners of these buildings specifically relating to the identification of vulnerable and disabled residents, and planning for their escape (Articles 14(2)(b) & 15 (1)(b)), since the 30th October 2019 to the date of this FOI

3. Copies of the notices referred to in (3)

4. The fire authority's current policy covering the evacuation of disabled people from multi-occupancy buildings during a fire

Yours faithfully,

Elspeth Grant

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Elspeth Grant

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/2528

Freedom of Information request - Enforcement of means of escape under the
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Elspeth Grant,

Our Ref: FOI/2528

On 20/06/2021 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Means of escape enforcement or deficiency notices served under the
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds data relevant to your request.

The Response to your request is as follows:

1. The number of low, medium and high-rise residential buildings in your
area (or your current/best estimate of them) covered by the Regulatory
Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

 

Our current records show 253 purpose built residential buildings within
West Sussex of which:

approx. 67  - 6 storeys and above

approx. 83 – 4-5 storeys

approx. 103 – up to 3 storeys

 

Houses converted to flats – 135

 

These are known premises as of July 2021 within West Sussex

 

2. The total number of deficiency and/or enforcement notices served to the
owners of these buildings relating to means of escape (Articles 14(2)(b) &
15 (1)(b)), since the 30th October 2019 to the date of this FOI:

 

Articles 14(2)(b)            6 notices issued that relate to this article

Article 15 (1)(b)),           Nil return

 

3. The number of deficiency and/or enforcement notices served to the
owners of these buildings specifically relating to the identification of
vulnerable and disabled residents, and planning for their escape (Articles
14(2)(b) & 15 (1)(b)), since the 30th October 2019 to the date of this
FOI:

 

Nil return

 

3. Copies of the notices referred to in (3) (All notices can be found on
the public NFCC Register at
[1]https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Ne...

 

4. The fire authority's current policy covering the evacuation of disabled
people from multi-occupancy buildings during a fire:

 

There is a national operational guidance which we have interpreted to our
policy and procedures but we do not hold individual information on
vulnerable/disabled persons within premises

 

 This question is being answered under the RRO Fire Safety Order

 

The evacuation strategy for the building is determined by the design and
the fire risk assessment on the existing building in line with current
government guidance.

 

The responsibility for identifying the evacuation strategy (residential
and commercial) therefore falls on the responsible person for each
building via their fire risk assessment.

 

Following a number of Grenfell Tower recommendations, personal emergency
evacuation plan guidance is currently under consultation, please note
document below:

 [2]Hyperlink for PEEPs document

 

As an Enforcement Authority undertaking audits we would look to validate
evidence of compliance within their written Risk Assessment

 

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Manager Protection on 03302228830 [email address]

 

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