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Statistics on Means of Escape for Vulnerable and Disabled People

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Dear Dorset & Wiltshire 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 Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service,

I would like to amend the dates of the deficiency and/or enforcement notices detailed in items 2 & 3 of 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

Hannah Buxton, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Our ref: FOI 21 51

 

Dear Elspeth

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding a proposed fireground
digital mobile radio channel.

 

We received your request on 19 June 2021, plus subsequent clarification on
20 June 2021, and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We will aim to supply you with our findings as soon
as possible, on or before 16 July 2021.

 

If you have any queries regarding this request, please contact me
directly, quoting the reference number above.

 

Kind regards

 

Hannah Buxton

Information Governance Officer

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre

Hulse Road | Salisbury | SP1 3NR

Tel: 01722 691084 | [mobile number]

dwfire.org.uk

@DWFireRescue

 

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Hannah Buxton, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Our ref: FOI 21 51

 

Dear Elspeth

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding high-rise residential
buildings, deficiency and/or enforcement notices and evacuation
procedures.

 

We received your request on 19 June 2021, plus subsequent clarification on
20 June 2021, and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We will aim to supply you with our findings as soon
as possible, on or before 16 July 2021.

 

If you have any queries regarding this request, please contact me
directly, quoting the reference number above.

 

Kind regards

 

Hannah Buxton

Information Governance Officer

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre

Hulse Road | Salisbury | SP1 3NR

Tel: 01722 691084 | [mobile number]

dwfire.org.uk

@DWFireRescue

 

Internet e-mail is not to be regarded as a secure means of communication.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service monitors all Internet e-mail
activity and content. This communication and any files transmitted with it
is intended for the person(s) to whom it is addressed and may be
confidential, legally privileged and protected in law. Unauthorised use,
disclosure, copying or distribution is prohibited. Please notify the
sender if received in error then delete it from your system. Opinions
expressed in this communication may not be official policy. Whilst every
effort is made to carefully choose websites that we may provide links to,
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service cannot guarantee the standards
of these sites. Virus Disclaimer: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
Service takes all reasonable steps to ensure electronic communications are
protected from virus infection but cannot accept any liability for any
loss or damage sustained as a result of software viruses. Intended
recipients are responsible for carrying out virus checking as is necessary
before opening any attachments.

Hannah Buxton, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Ref: FOI 21 51

 

Dear Elspeth

 

Further to your request of 20 June 2021, which we have treated as a
Freedom of Information request, please find below our response to the
information that you requested.

 

Query and response:

 

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

 

Some of the information that you have requested is publicly available.
Under the terms of the Act, a request for information can be refused where
one or more exemptions listed in the Act apply. In this case we are
claiming the following exemptions to the information that you have
requested:

 

“Information accessible by other means” in Section 21 of the Act. The
information requested can be found [1]here.

 

We are in the process of collating similar information for our 2020/21
return to the Home Office, which is due for future publication. The
information relating to 2020/21 is withheld under section 22 of the
Freedom of Information Act. Section 22 provides that information is exempt
if:

 

 a. the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or some other person, at some future
date (whether determined or not),
 b. the information was already held with a view to such publication at
the time when the request for information was made, and
 c. it is reasonable in all the circumstances that the information should
be withheld from disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph
(a)

 

Section 22 is a qualified exemption and therefore it requires that a
public interest test be carried out to determine whether the exemption
should be maintained.

 

The public interest in accountability and transparency by providing this
information now has been weighed against the public interest in
withholding it at this time. This information will be available shortly
via the following link
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica....
Providing you with this information prior to the publication date would
require duplication, which would be an inefficient use of public authority
time when the information will be available imminently.

 

We have reached the view that, on balance, the public interest is better
served by withholding this information under Section 22 of the Act at this
time.

 

 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 20^th October 2019 to the date of this
FOI

 

65 Notifications of Fire Safety Deficiencies were served to the owners of
buildings with six stories or greater, or with a floor over 18 metres
between 20 October 2019 and 20 June 2020. These included 64 notices under
the provisions of Article 14 and one notice under the provisions of
Article 15.

 

 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 20^th October 2019 to the date
of this FOI

 

Zero

 

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

 

Not applicable

 

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

 

At every incident, the Incident Commander will assess the suitability of
the evacuation strategy of an individual building against the current
operational conditions. Where a stay put strategy is required to be
overturned, our operational procedures would consider all persons within
the building and would include those requiring assistance from the
building as part of an evacuation plan. The evacuation strategy of a
building should be determined by the Responsible Person and informed by a
Fire Risk Assessment, which would account for the physical built
environment of the building.

 

I trust that this answers your queries, however, if you are unhappy with
the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make
a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the
Information Management Team, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service,
Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
SP1 3NR within 40 working days of receipt of the original
decision. Alternatively, you can
email [3][DWFRS request email].

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply 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 at the Fire Authority. The ICO can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

0303 123 1113

 

[4]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Hannah Buxton

Information Governance Officer

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre

Hulse Road | Salisbury | SP1 3NR

Tel: 01722 691084

dwfire.org.uk

@DWFireRescue

 

Internet e-mail is not to be regarded as a secure means of communication.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service monitors all Internet e-mail
activity and content. This communication and any files transmitted with it
is intended for the person(s) to whom it is addressed and may be
confidential, legally privileged and protected in law. Unauthorised use,
disclosure, copying or distribution is prohibited. Please notify the
sender if received in error then delete it from your system. Opinions
expressed in this communication may not be official policy. Whilst every
effort is made to carefully choose websites that we may provide links to,
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service cannot guarantee the standards
of these sites. Virus Disclaimer: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
Service takes all reasonable steps to ensure electronic communications are
protected from virus infection but cannot accept any liability for any
loss or damage sustained as a result of software viruses. Intended
recipients are responsible for carrying out virus checking as is necessary
before opening any attachments.

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