Statistics on Means of Escape for Vulnerable and Disabled People

Elspeth Grant made this Freedom of Information request to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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The request was refused by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Dear Nottinghamshire 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 Grenfell Tower Fire on 14th June 2017 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 Grenfell Tower Fire on 14th June 2017 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

Dear Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service,

I would like to amend the dates of the deficiency and/or enforcement notices detailed in items 2 & 3of my request
from:
"the date of the Grenfell Tower Fire on 14th June 2017 to the date of this FOI"
to
"from 20th October 2019 to the date of this FOI"

With many thanks,

Elspeth Grant

FOI requests, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Elspeth

Receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request is noted and will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Kind Regards

Philippa

Administrator
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
Bestwood Lodge
Arnold
Nottingham
NG5 8PD

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FOI requests, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Elspeth Grant,

Thank you for your request for information dated 19 June 2021, which we received on 21 June 2021.

We apologise for any delay in our response. The Information Commissioner recognises that during the Covid pandemic there may be times when our staff have to prioritise other work to keep services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your request for information was handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

I confirm that Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) holds some of the information you asked for.

Please be aware that information held by NFRS relates to premises we are aware of and hold records about. This may not be a complete data set of the buildings you’ve asked about in Nottinghamshire.

I’m sorry, but as we estimate it would take us over 18 hours to locate and extract information for questions 2, 3 and 4, we are refusing your request. So as allowed under FOIA (s12) we won’t locate and supply this data.

We are pointing you to freely available data for question 1, and part of question 2, and have included information for question ,5 as already collected before our time estimate was done.

For our time estimate, we took into account:
• Estimate of 2 hours spent on your request locating information for questions 1, part of 2 and 5.
• For questions 3 and 4 we’d need to run a new database report to list the premises ID for the types of building you’ve asked about that have had any enforcements action. As the standard report we use for annual reports to the Home Office of numbers of types of buildings and action taken only reports on numbers, and doesn’t include premises ID.

We estimate new report set up to take approximately 4 hours.
• Manually check through an estimated 60 premises record, to locate and check every notice recorded for buildings >4 stories with action of any type under RRO articles 14 and 15. To see if the actions related specifically to RRO 14(2)(b) & 15 (1)(b).

We estimate approximately 15 hours (15 minutes average per building) to locate each premise record and checking actions for specific RRO articles.
This estimate is over the 18 hour time limit allowed under FOIA.

I’m sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

Please find information we are able to supply below.

You asked for:

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

As allowed under FOIA (s21), we’re not including this information as numbers of known buildings are freely available online in fire statistics (table 1204) on gov.uk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

Data in the spreadsheet can be filtered by Fire and Rescue service by opening an ‘edit’ version of the spreadsheet, and choosing a Fire & Rescue from the drop-down list in the top left of sheets.

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)), from 20th October 2019 to the date of this FOI.

For data up to 31 March 2020, as allowed under FOIA (s21), we’re not including this information as it’s freely available online in fire statistics (table 1204) on gov.uk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

Data can be filtered by Fire and Rescue service by opening an ‘edit’ version of the spreadsheet, and choosing a Fire & Rescue from the drop-down list in the top left of sheets.

For data from April 2020 to June 2021, I’m sorry, but we estimate it would take us over 18 hours to extract this information along with data for questions 3 and 4. This means, as allowed under FOIA (s12) we won’t locate and supply this data.

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)), from 20th October 2019 to the date of this FOI.

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

I’m sorry, but we estimate it would take us over 18 hours to extract information for questions 3 and 4, along with part of question 2. This means, as allowed under FOIA (s12) we won’t locate and supply this data.

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

Evacuation is covered in National Operational Guidance, which NFRS are aligned to: https://www.ukfrs.com/guidance/fires-bui...

Under our FOIA (s16) duty to advise and assist, we are currently working on evacuation strategies regionally, across five Fire & Rescue Services. As if a large incident in a multi-occupancy residential building happened, we are likely to use resources from regional Fire & Rescue Services. We plan to go live with these by the end of 2021.

Although a different kind of incident, this large fire in May 2020 involved crews from two neighbouring Fire & Rescue Services attending with NFRS: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/loca...

I hope this information is useful for you.

If you’re unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can use the NFRS FOI complaints process. If you need assistance with this, please contact us.
(https://www.notts-fire.gov.uk/AccessToIn... )

Because of the current situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) it's possible we'll take longer than usual to reply to complaints about supply of information under Freedom of Information or Environment Information Regulations. The Information Commissioner recognises that longer time may be needed when NFRS staff have to prioritise other work to keep services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Telephone: 0115 967 0880
Head of Corporate Support
Freedom of Information
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
Headquarters
Bestwood Lodge
Arnold
Nottingham NG5 8PD
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