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FOI 4665 / May 2024 / Incident Data - Wethersfield Asylum Support Accommodation

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Questions and final response:


Question 1 – "We are writing under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA 2000”).

Our request concerns the former Ministry of Defence (“MoD”) site, Wethersfield, now being used as asylum support accommodation.

We understand that incidents on site are handled by the site operator and/or the relevant authority, including yourselves.

We therefore seek the information on the following questions:

1. How many calls/referrals/reports of incidents you have received in respect of residents accommodated at Wethersfield you have received to date, and how many of these pertained to:

a. Suicide attempts

b. Self-harm

c. non-accidental injury

d. Accidental injury sustained at Wethersfield.


We have interrogated our Incident Recording System (IRS) for Incidents relating to the Wethersfield site.

The data returned, shows that we have received one call since July 2023.

See response to Question 2 for details of the incident.


Incident Type                                                 Number of Calls

Suicide attempts                                            0

Self-harm                                                      0

Non-accidental injury                                      0

Accidental injury sustained at Wethersfield       0


Question 2 – Details of each of the calls/referrals/reports of incidents including:

a. Who made the call e.g., a resident, a member of staff, the Home Office etc.

b. When each call occurred.

c. Whether the call involved reports of physical violence.

d. Whether the call involved any reports of racism (actual or apparent).

e. If the call reported physical violence or racism e.g., whether this was. between residents or between residents and staff employed at Wethersfield.

Anon Incident No         Date                  Time              Incident Type                    Other Information

1                               11/01/2024        21:17:27        Assist Other Agencies      Two males in external open fire escape                                                                                                                                   stairwell threatening to jump from 2nd floor                                                                                                                           both down safely, no injuries.

We have responded to one incident at the Wethersfield site, we were called to assist Police as part of a Multi-Agency Response. A National Inter Agency Liaison Officer (NILO) was allocated to the incident, after telephone consultations with the partner agencies and progression of the incident, our attendance was not requested or required and therefore ECFRS was stood down.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) did not deploy any further resources to the incident.


Question 3 – Dates of when each call/referral/incident was reported.


See table in answer to Question 2


Question 4 – Confirmation of what actions were taken following these calls, referrals and incidents, including:

a. What action you can take, and whether any action was taken.

b. Whether in respect of each call/referral/incident, your staff were required to attend Wethersfield.

c. Whether any of these calls were reported to third parties, and if so:

i. When each incident was reported;

ii. Who the incident was reported to (e.g. the Home Office, the accommodation provider, Braintree District Council, Essex Police); and

iii. Whether, to your knowledge, the third party took any action." 


Additional Resources

Anon Incident No       Date             Time             Incident Type                         Origin of Call      Resources 

1                             11/01/2024    21:17:27      Assist Other Agencies             Police                One x National Inter                                                                                                                                                             Agency Liaison Officer



Anon Incident No       Date             Time             Incident Type                     Any Referrals

1                             11/01/2024    21:17:27      Assist Other Agencies         None


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