Dear Cleveland Fire Brigade,

Could you please tell me how many calls to outdoor fires were attended each year, for the past five years (between 01/04/2017 and 01/04/2022), for all land owned by Natural England in your area. I would be interested in fires of any size, both Prinary and Secondary, deliberate and accidental. Please also include false alarms.

I have found the following sites in your area

- TEESMOUTH National Nature Reserve

Can I also ask for the total number of hours spent at fires (incident time) and the total number of hours spent by appliances at fires (appliance time) for each year of the past five years too please?

I would be looking for the total number of hours and minutes spent by all appliances, specials and officers cars at an incident, even if they were cancelled en route. Could you take each incident included in the data, e.g., Incident 1 in Forest X in 2017.

Then could you gather what vehicles were alerted of Incident 1 in Forest X in 2017. E.g., 3 vehicles in total.

Then find the hours and minutes each vehicle "spent on the incident" worked out from the time that the call the 999 call came into the control room (and if relavent each different vehicle was alerted) to the time it became available again.

E.g., - Vehicle 1
Alerted: 9:00
Became available: 11:50
Total time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Vehicle 2
Alerted: 9:30
Became available: 9:33 (it was cancelled before making it to the scene)
Total time: 3 minutes

Vehicle 3
Alerted: 10:00
Became available: 10:20
Total time: 20 minutes

Then could the total vehicle times be added together to give the total time that was spent by all vehicles on that incident. In the example above this would be:
2 hrs and 50 min (Vehicle 1) + 3 min (Vehicle 2) + 20 min (Vehicle 3) = 3 hours and 13 minutes.

Once that has been worked out for each incident in a year, please could you add all the total times added together to give the yearly total in hours and minutes.

I am aware that sometimes incidents are reported vaguely such as "the woods off of London Road" without the full address. Please could you do your best to capture these incidents too. Could you also include any other sites owned by Natural England that you cover that I may have missed please.

I have been trying to find digital maps to assist with my request and capture land that hasnt been listed. I have been told by Natural England that "The information you seek is publicly available. The list of all of the National Nature Reserves can be found on Gov.UK on the link below. You can look by region and then by county to see which are owned and managed by Natural England and which are managed by other
organisations. The contact details and addresses are also provided for all National Nature Reserves. Postal addresses are available on the lists for Natural England owned and managed sites. The attached link on Gov.UK is open data portal that provides information on all National Nature Reserves. If you click on a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and zoom in you will
see a text box opens that provides data on size, area etc. This data is based on GIS Government Open data policy."

https://naturalengland-defra.opendata.ar...

https://data.gov.uk/dataset/726484b0-d14...

Or the Defra MAGIC map available at https://magic.defra.gov.uk/

I am aware that for similar requests, some services have sent these links on to their GIS or mapping teams who have overlayed them on the services incident map. I hope this will assist you further in fulfilling my request.

Can I also ask if you routinely notify public land owners, such as Forestry England and Natural England if a fire has occurred on their land that crews have attended and if you have a policy on this?

Yours faithfully,

D. Schofield

Info, Cleveland Fire Brigade

Dear D Schofield,

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Cleveland Fire Brigade
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Dear D Schofield

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing further to your email of 29 April 2022 where you requested
the following information:

 

Could you please tell me how many calls to outdoor fires were attended
each year, for the past five years (between 01/04/2017 and 01/04/2022),
for all land owned by Natural England in your area. I would be interested
in fires of any size, both Primary and Secondary, deliberate and
accidental. Please also include false alarms.

 

I have found the following sites in your area

 

- TEESMOUTH National Nature Reserve

 

Can I also ask for the total number of hours spent at fires (incident
time) and the total number of hours spent by appliances at fires
(appliance time) for each year of the past five years too please?

 

I would be looking for the total number of hours and minutes spent by all
appliances, specials and officers cars at an incident, even if they were
cancelled en route. Could you take each incident included in the data,
e.g., Incident 1 in Forest X in 2017.

 

Then could you gather what vehicles were alerted of Incident 1 in Forest X
in 2017. E.g., 3 vehicles in total.

 

Then find the hours and minutes each vehicle "spent on the incident"
worked out from the time that the call the 999 call came into the control
room (and if relevant each different vehicle was alerted) to the time it
became available again.

 

E.g., - Vehicle 1

Alerted: 9:00

Became available: 11:50

Total time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

 

Vehicle 2

Alerted: 9:30

Became available: 9:33 (it was cancelled before making it to the scene)
Total time: 3 minutes

 

Vehicle 3

Alerted: 10:00

Became available: 10:20

Total time: 20 minutes

 

Then could the total vehicle times be added together to give the total
time that was spent by all vehicles on that incident. In the example above
this would be:

2 hrs and 50 min (Vehicle 1) + 3 min (Vehicle 2) + 20 min (Vehicle 3) = 3
hours and 13 minutes.

 

Once that has been worked out for each incident in a year, please could
you add all the total times added together to give the yearly total in
hours and minutes.

 

I am aware that sometimes incidents are reported vaguely such as "the
woods off of London Road" without the full address. Please could you do
your best to capture these incidents too. Could you also include any other
sites owned by Natural England that you cover that I may have missed
please.

 

Can I also ask if you routinely notify public land owners, such as
Forestry England and Natural England if a fire has occurred on their land
that crews have attended and if you have a policy on this?  No

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet containing incidents found over a
5-year period.

 

For information using our GIS system Cleveland Fire Brigade have plotted
all of our incidents against the shapefiles for the single national nature
reserve that is in the Teesside area and it has brought back just 5
incidents over a 5-year period. Although low it is not unexpected given
both the remoteness of the location and that large parts of this area are
wetlands and mud flats.

 

As discussed we have included vehicle attendance times so the requestor
can calculate the times as they deem appropriate.

 

You have the right to seek a review of this request and this should be
made to the Senior Head of Assets for this purpose. The request should be
in writing with the grounds for a review and sent to the Senior Head of
Assets, at the address below or email [1][Cleveland Fire Brigade request email]

 

Reviews should be made within 40 working days of our response to your
request being issued.  Any requests for review received outside of the 40
working days will be refused.  Please note this is in line with the
Information Commissioner’s own working practices.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may appeal
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 provided by Cleveland Fire Authority.  The ICO can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF.

 

Should you have any queries or require any additional information, please
contact me on the details listed 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Cleveland Fire Brigade

Training & Administration Hub

Endeavour House

Queens Meadow Business Park

Hartlepool

TS25 5TH

01429 872311

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