School fires

C D Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service as part of a batch sent to 54 authorities

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Dear County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service,

Under Freedom of Information Act, I would be very grateful if you could provide the following information. I am seeking to understand how many schools have been impacted by fires and whether sprinklers were present.

1. How many fires at schools have you attended in the last five full years (2014-2019 or nearest period, if not available). Please provide a breakdown per year.
2. Of the school fires you attended in this period, how many had sprinklers fitted?
3. Please provide a breakdown of the causes of fire by year.
4. For each year, please also provide a breakdown of
a. type of school e.g. primary, secondary
b. Any injuries or deaths
c. Extent of damage to school
d. Age of school
e. Whether cladding was present
f. How many of the schools at the time the fire broke out had received a low, medium or high fire risk assessment (or alternative classification if used)?
5. How many school fire risk assessments have you carried out in the last five full years (2014-2019 or alternative period if not available)?
6. Please provide a breakdown of the outcomes e.g. low, medium, high risk

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

C D Johnson

Dear County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service,

I would be grateful if you would confirm receipt of my FOI request sent on 10 July 2020.

Yours faithfully,

C D Johnson

Brigade HQ, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you for your email. Apologies for the delay in replying to this request.

Your request has been passed to our FOI team who will respond in due course.

Regards

Darlene Tait
Receptionist
Service Headquarters

Tel: 0191 3755550

Email:
[email address]
[email address]

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#Information Services, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Dear C D Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 10 July 2020.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

Update March 2020 – Corona virus:  It's possible we'll take more than 20
working days to supply information for Freedom of Information Requests. 
The Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed
when CDDFRS staff have to prioritise other work to keep services running
during the Corona virus situation.  Thank you for your patience.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me on my details
below.

 

Kind Regards

 

Joanne Stewart

FireWatch Administrator

Tel: 0191 375 5577

 

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#Information Services, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Dear C D Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Your request for information has now been considered and I am pleased to
provide you with the following information.

 

 

1.         How many fires at schools have you attended in the last five
full years (2014-2019 or nearest period, if not available).  Please
provide a breakdown per year.

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Fires in education establishments 12 7 2 5 5

 

2.         Of the school fires you attended in this period, how many had
sprinklers fitted?

1

 

3.         Please provide a breakdown of the causes of fire by year.

Row Labels 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
(blank) 1 4 3 2
Accumulation of flammable material 1
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or
fire) 1
Fault in equipment or appliance 3 1
Faulty fuel supply - electricity 1 2 1
Heat source and combustibles brought together
deliberately 5 1 1
Negligent use of equipment or appliance (heat source) 1 1
Overheating, unknown cause 1 1

 

4.      For each year, please also provide a breakdown of

a.      type of school e.g. primary, secondary

Type of school 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
College/University 1
Infant/primary school 7 5 2
Other 1 1
Secondary school 4 1 2 4 3
Grand Total 12 7 2 5 5

 

b.      Any injuries or deaths

1 injury (first aid or precautionary check)

 

c.      Extent of damage to school

Row Labels 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Question not asked or Not recorded in IRS 2 6 4 3
Limited to item 1st ignited 4 1 1 1 1
Limited to room of origin 4 1
Roof space and other floors(s) 2 1

 

d.      Age of school – we do not hold this information

 

e.      Whether cladding was present – we do not hold this information

 

f.      How many of the schools at the time the fire broke out had
received a low, medium or high fire risk assessment (or alternative
classification if used)? – the below data refers to results of the fire
safety audit carried out by Fire Safety Officers

School Closed/Demolished – record no
Risk Level H L M VL longer held Grand Total
No. of schools 2 7 17 1 4 31

 

5.      How many school fire risk assessments have you carried out in the
last five full years (2014-2019 or alternative period if not available)?

6.      Please provide a breakdown of the outcomes e.g. low, medium, high
risk – the below data refers to fire safety audits which are carried out
Fire Safety Officers

Years H L M VH VL Grand Total
2014 1 31 50 1 4 87
2015 1 45 45 5 96
2016 2 39 45 3 89
2017 42 44 6 92
2018 1 39 28 5 73
2019 25 40 4 69
Grand Total 5 221 252 1 27 506

 

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by contacting the Freedom of Information
Officer at the address below.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545745 or 08456 306060 Website:
[1]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Angela Harmston

System Administrator

 

Information Services

Tel: 0191 3755626

Email: [2][email address]

[3]www.ddfire.gov.uk

 

Safest People, Safest Places

 

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Service
Headquarters, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW

 

 

 

 

 

From: #Information Services <[email address]>
Sent: 21 July 2020 14:17
To: [FOI #675808 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - School fires

 

Dear C D Johnson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 10 July 2020.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

Update March 2020 – Corona virus:  It's possible we'll take more than 20
working days to supply information for Freedom of Information Requests. 
The Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed
when CDDFRS staff have to prioritise other work to keep services running
during the Corona virus situation.  Thank you for your patience.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me on my details
below.

 

Kind Regards

 

Joanne Stewart

FireWatch Administrator

Tel: 0191 375 5577

 

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