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Fire Safety

Request

  1. For 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (to date), please break down by year:

a)  The number of on site inspections of premises carried out by fire service personnel

b)  The number of specialist fire safety inspectors (not fire station firefighters) in post

c)  The numbers of "Alterations Notices" served by the fire authority in respect of major works proposed on any tower block

d)  The number of "Enforcement Notices" served by the fire authority on any tower block

e)  The number of "Prohibition Notices" served on any tower block because the risk to persons from fire was "excessive"

f)  The number of prosecutions of any "Responsible Person" with control of the common parts of the tower block because of the offence of placing relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury from fire. NB the term "at risk" which implies that a fire does not have to occur for the offence to be committed.

2. Any documents relating to the training of fire inspectors

In fact, I should clarify that for points c to f, I would like this information in relation to all buildings

Response

1.  Please see the file below with details for the period 2012 – 2017. We hold statistical data from 2012/13 onwards. For your information, information is submitted annually to the Government and the link below goes to the Government Fire Statistics website where further fire data can be viewed and requested.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-statistics

a)  Data on the Fire Safety Audit and Outcomes for each year between 2012-2017 is given in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’.

b)  Data on the number of specialist fire safety inspectors in post for each year between 2012-2017 is given below. This table is also included in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’ under the sheet marked ‘FTE Detail’.

c)  Data on the number of "Alterations Notices" servedfor each year between 2012-2017 is given in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’ under the sheets marked ‘FS audits’. No Alterations Notices have been served in respect of major works proposed on any tower block.

d)  Data on the number of "Enforcement Notices" servedfor each year between 2012-2017 is given in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’ under the sheets marked ‘FS audits’. An Enforcement Notice was served in respect of remedial works required on the International Hotel, Derby.

e)  Data on the number of "Prohibition Notices" servedfor each year between 2012-2017 is given in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’ under the sheet marked ‘FS audits’. No Prohibition Notices have been served in respect of major works proposed on any tower block.

f)  Data on the number of Prosecutions for each year between 2012-2017 is given in the file below marked ‘Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017’ under the sheets marked ‘FS audits’. A successful Prosecution was brought against Mr Rai in respect of works required on the International Hotel, Derby.

For the purposes of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority is the “enforcing authority” for Derbyshire County and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority will ensure that any enforcement action taken is:

  • Proportional to the circumstances
  • Consistent as to the actions and outcome
  • Targeted at more serious risks
  • Transparent to all responsible persons

Details of the Protection work we carry out can be found on our website. Where there has been a failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice, or progress is unsatisfactory, then the matter is referred for the consideration of legal action. The Authority does have the capability to prosecute and in recent years the Authority has successfully brought a number of prosecutions. Details of a few of these can be found on our website through the following links:

March 2014 – Arcwood Recycling

July 2015 – The Cedars Guest House

August 2015 – Havana Whites

January 2016 – Church Drive

December 2016 – Brookholme Croft Nursing Home

March 2017 – Brookview Court

March 2017 – International Hotel

Of these, the International Hotel, Derby, is a building over 18 meters high with 5 floors.

2.  Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority has a duty to enforce the Regulation Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), appoint and authorise inspectors to do so and make provision for promoting fire safety in accordance with section 6 of the Fire Services Act 2004. The authority discharges these duties through the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS). DFRS utilises a Fire Safety Inspectors Protection Pathway, which is aligned to the Chief Fire Officers Association ‘Competency Framework for Business Fire Safety Regulators’, to ensure consistency of approach with other Fire & Rescue Services with regards to the training and competence of our Fire Inspectors.

Fire Safety Inspections 2012-2017.xlsx


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