Fire checks and enforcement notices issued to schools

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Alessandro Sorrentino

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from you for the time period 2007 to 2017:

1) How many fire checks have been undertaken at schools in the area covered by your fire department for each of the years mentioned?

2) For each year, I would ask for the number of enforcement notices issued to schools who failed the fire checks undertaken.

Please provide the information in the form an Excel Documents

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,
Alessandro Sorrentino

Emma West, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Our ref: IM20180905-01A

 

Date: 5^th September 2018

 

Dear Mr Sorrentino

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

Thank you for your email dated 4^th September 2018, which was received by
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on 5^th September 2018 , requesting
the following information:

 

“I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request
the following information from you for the time period 2007 to 2017:

 

1) How many fire checks have been undertaken at schools in the area
covered by your fire department for each of the years mentioned?

2) For each year, I would ask for the number of enforcement notices issued
to schools who failed the fire checks undertaken.”

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service acknowledges receipt of your
request and confirms that it will respond to you with the information it
holds, unless the information is covered by one of the exemptions in the
Act. We will respond to you as soon as possible, and in any event within
the 20 working days required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in
the manner requested. Accordingly, we will respond with the information
that you have requested by 3^rd October 2018.

 

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Aleemah Mohmin

Information Management Team

Corporate Services

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Oakroyd Hall | Bradford Road | Birkenshaw | West Yorkshire | BD11 2DY

 

T: 01274 473787

 

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Aleemah Mohmin, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Ref: IM20180905-01A

Date 10^th September 2018

Dear Mr Sorrentino

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Clarification of Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information dated 4^th September 2018. West
Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has reviewed your request, and we
require further information in order to identify and locate the requested
information. It will not be able to take this matter further without extra
information from you.

Please provide the following additional information:

Please confirm in more detail what you mean by “Fire Check”.

Are you referring to audits carried out by a fire safety inspector under
the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or are you referring to
visits made by operational crews to obtain risk information should they
need to attend the premises?

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Until we receive clarification, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
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If we do not hear from you within one month of the date of this letter we
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we will take no further action.

Yours sincerely,

Aleemah Mohmin

Corporate Services

 

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Alessandro Sorrentino

Dear Aleemah Mohmin,

I am referring to audits carried out by a fire safety inspector under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Yours sincerely,
Alessandro Sorrentino

Aleemah Mohmin, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Our ref: IM20180905-01

 

Date: 14^th September 2018

 

 

Dear Mr Sorrentino

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 4^th September 2018,
which was received by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on the
5^th September 2018.

 

Your request is as follows:

 

“I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request
the following information from you for the time period 2007 to 2017:

 

1) How many fire checks have been undertaken at schools in the area
covered by your fire department for each of the years mentioned?

 

2) For each year, I would ask for the number of enforcement notices issued
to schools who failed the fire checks undertaken.”

 

 

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service response:

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has now completed its
search for the information which you requested, and can confirm as
follows:-

 

The following table provides information on the number or fire safety
audits (both full and short as defined by Home Office returns and NFCC
guidance) carried out in schools (this includes state maintained and
private) and any ‘formal’ enforcement action taken:

 

Year Number of Audits Number of Enforcement Number of Prohibition
Notices Served Notices Served
2017 - 2018 75 1 6
2016 - 2017 115 3 0
2015 - 2016 88 4 0
2014 - 2015 219 3 0
2013 - 2014 61 3 0
2012 - 2013 57 0 1
2011 - 2012 203 4 0
2010 - 2011 147 2 0
2009 - 2010 846 4 1
2008 - 2009 141 4 0
2007 - 2008 147 0 0
2006 - 2007 165 1 0

 

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West Yorkshire

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Aleemah Mohmin

Information Governance Administrator

Corporate Services

 

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