School fires

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

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Dear Devon and Somerset 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

Freedom Of Information, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you for your email. Following the recent Government guidance regarding Corona Virus, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have activated their business continuity plan and I am working remotely. I will check emails periodically throughout the day and will respond as soon as possible. The Information Commissioner has stated that although legislative deadlines are still in place, it is accepted that we may not always fully comply with timescales given that staff may be unavailable due to working on other critical tasks.

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Dear C D Johnson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 10 July
2020.

 

I can confirm that we are dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and as required by the legislation, we aim to answer
your request within 20 working days following the date we received it. If
for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully
informed of the reasons for this.

 

It’s possible we'll take more than 20 working days to supply information
under Freedom of Information or Environment Information Regulations. The
Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed when
emergency staff have to prioritise other work to keep front line services
running during the pandemic. We will endeavor to keep you updated and
thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

 

If you have any queries about this please contact me via the details
provided.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Wendy Richmond
Information
Compliance Officer
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[2]www.dsfire.gov.uk
 [3]@DSFireUpdates 
[4]Facebook  
[5]Think Sprinkler
Devon & Somerset
Fire & Rescue
Service, HQ, The
  Knowle, Clyst St
George, Exeter. EX3
0NW

 

 

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Dear C D Johnson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 10 July
2020.

 

I can confirm that we are dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and as required by the legislation, we aim to answer
your request within 20 working days following the date we received it. If
for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully
informed of the reasons for this.

 

It’s possible we'll take more than 20 working days to supply information
under Freedom of Information or Environment Information Regulations. The
Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed when
emergency staff have to prioritise other work to keep front line services
running during the pandemic. We will endeavor to keep you updated and
thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

 

If you have any queries about this please contact me via the details
provided.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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

 

 

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Dear C D Johnson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Upon passing your request to our subject matter experts, we are seeking
some clarification and providing the following advice.

 

The request relates to schools, we can provide this based on the property
types Infant/primary school and Secondary school. There are a few other
property types that may be of interest, please advise if you wish any of
the following to be included in addition?

Pre School/nursery
College/University
Other (includes special education needs schools, adult education
establishments, police training centre, occupational training centre).
Boarding School Accommodation (Other Residential)

We are unable to provide an answer for questions 4d and 4e as we do not
record/hold the information.

Please confirm what you mean by 'school fire risk assessments?' If this is
referring to the risk assessment that the responsible person must prepare
under Article 9 of the Fire Safety Order then this is prepared and kept by
the premises rather than the Fire and Rescue Service so we would be unable
to answer questions 4f, 5, or 6 on that basis.

 

The 20 working day clock will now pause (on day 8) until we hear back from
you on these matters.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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

 

 

From: Freedom Of Information
Sent: 20 July 2020 17:33
To: C D Johnson <[FOI #675811 email]>
Cc: [email address]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - School fires

 

Dear C D Johnson,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 10 July
2020.

 

I can confirm that we are dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and as required by the legislation, we aim to answer
your request within 20 working days following the date we received it. If
for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully
informed of the reasons for this.

 

It’s possible we'll take more than 20 working days to supply information
under Freedom of Information or Environment Information Regulations. The
Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed when
emergency staff have to prioritise other work to keep front line services
running during the pandemic. We will endeavor to keep you updated and
thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

 

If you have any queries about this please contact me via the details
provided.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Wendy Richmond
Information
Compliance Officer
[6]Description:
Description: Description: t. 01392 87 2220  f.
DSFRS-FULL-COLOUR-BADGE_RGB 01392 872300  w.
[7]www.dsfire.gov.uk
 [8]@DSFireUpdates 
[9]Facebook  
[10]Think Sprinkler
Devon & Somerset
Fire & Rescue
Service, HQ, The
  Knowle, Clyst St
George, Exeter. EX3
0NW

 

 

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Hi Wendy

Just primary and secondary schools is fine thanks.

Don't worry about the fire risk assessments questions.

Yours sincerely,

C D Johnson

Freedom Of Information, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear C D Johnson,

 

Thank you for your clarification received 11 August 2020. We will now
resume dealing with your request.

 

Kind regards,

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear C D Johnson,          

      

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

I write in response to your request for information, clarified by you on
11 August 2020.

 

Decision

Most of the information you have requested is held by the Devon & Somerset
Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS).

 

Please find below the detail of the information you have requested along
with our response.

 

Response
Please see the attached Spreadsheet containing the information you have
requested as per your clarification, excepting what we don’t hold as
previously advised.

Review

You have the right to ask us to review this decision.  If you wish to do
this please set out your grounds for review in writing and send them to
the Information Compliance Officer at the Service Headquarters address or
e-mail [1][Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service request email].

 

Appeals

If you are still dissatisfied after a Service review you have the right to
appeal to the Information Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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

 

 

From: Freedom Of Information
Sent: 11 August 2020 10:30
To: C D Johnson <[FOI #675811 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - School fires

 

Dear C D Johnson,

 

Thank you for your clarification received 11 August 2020. We will now
resume dealing with your request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Wendy Richmond
Information
Compliance Officer
[7]Description:
Description: Description: t. 01392 87 2220  f.
DSFRS-FULL-COLOUR-BADGE_RGB 01392 872300  w.
[8]www.dsfire.gov.uk
 [9]@DSFireUpdates 
[10]Facebook  
[11]Think Sprinkler
Devon & Somerset
Fire & Rescue
Service, HQ, The
  Knowle, Clyst St
George, Exeter. EX3
0NW

 

 

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