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FOI / 4155 / 2020 - School fires 2014 -2020


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.

Please see below the answers to your request.

Questions and final response:

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)?

Please find attached an Excel spreadsheet containing data on school fires between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2019. Please note that we are unable to answer Questions 4d, 4e & 4f as we do not record this information on our Incident Record System (IRS).


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