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Fire Protection Performance Information

​Outputs

Outputs are produced following the activities​ undertaken.

 
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service use the national fire safety audit process developed by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA)​ to complete comprehensive inspections of buildings. This process ensures consistent, auditable and transparent enforcement that can be challenged. This audit system looks at the level of compliance across a range of areas required by the legislation and produces an enforcement option that ranges from verbal advice to the issue of an enforcement notice.
 

The chart below shows the number of fire safety audits completed and their results over the last five years.​

 

In 2013-14 we completed 1,514 fire safety audits.

Accurate targeting of our activity should ensure all premises we visit require some form of informal or formal action. If this is the case then we are making the highest risk properties safer and enabling those premises that are safer, and who comply with the law, to continue with their day to day business.

  • ​If an inspection has taken place and the premises is broadly compliant with the requirements then a satisfactory audit is recorded.

  •  Informal activity means the premises has received a letter informing them of work that requires completing.

  • Formal activity would mean that a ‘notice’ had been issued on the premises, (http://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/English/Safety/Business-Fire-Safety/Pages/Public-Register-of-Notices.aspx) this will include a timescale for completion of work and is issued when the areas of non-compliance are more serious than that required of an informal notification.

  • Prohibition Notice - despite our efforts to work with the responsible person for a property to achieve compliance there are still times when, in our professional opinion, the condition of a building and the lack of fire safety provision mean that there is a significant risk of death or serious injury to persons within that building in the case of a fire starting. If this is the case under the fire safety law we have the power, by the serving of a notice, to prohibit or restrict use of or access to part or all of the building until it is made safer.

  • Prosecutions - as a last resort we can prosecute. This is not an action that we take lightly and each situation is carefully assessed against evidential and public interest factors. There are occasions when we feel that there are no options left to us. If this is the case we will not hesitate to pursue this course of action. We retain the services of a barrister and local solicitor to provide professional legal advice and assistance when necessary.