Enforcement of Means of Escape under the Fire Safety Order



Request detail: 

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 July 2021 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 July 2021 to the date of this FOI

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

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

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please refer below for the information requested.

1. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service record the following categories that could count as low, medium and high-rise residential buildings:

HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) Hostels C140 - 52

HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) Flatlets C150 - 160

Purpose Built Flats 1-3 storeys C131 - 317

Purpose Built Flats 4 -5 storeys C132 - 165

Purpose built flats 6- 9 storeys C133 - 2

Purpose built flats >+10 storeys C134 - 2

Other sleeping accommodation C160 – 332


22 Notification of Deficiencies

4 Enforcement Notices

All prohibition and Enforcement notices are posted on the NFCC website, which can be accessed by following the link:


The above Enforcement Register was introduced in November 2020. Please find the link below to the old register for reference: http://www.cfoa.org.uk/notices-register

3. 3 Notification of Deficiencies

4. Please refer the 3 letters attached. All personal data has been redacted from the letters and is withheld under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as disclosure would breach the first principle of the Data Protection Act 2018.  Section 40 is an absolute exemption and is therefore not subject to the public interest test.  

5.Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has a specific incident procedure for dealing with fires in high rise buildings and has specific operational risk information for high rise premises and highlights premises which may have an occupancy risk such as a disability. This policy contains information in relation to how we respond to incidents and therefore is being withheld under Section 38 (1) (endangerment to the health and safety of any individual) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The public interest is served by knowing that there are adequate processes in place, however SFRS believes that disclosing this information to the public at large would provide those with malicious intent to cause harm with key tactical information about how we respond to high rise incidents. As a result, this would impede our ability to respond to incidents at high rise buildings and endanger the health and safety of our firefighters and members of the public. Having considered the public interest test, SFRS’s decision is, therefore, to withhold the information.


Information Released: 



Wednesday, 15 March, 2023


Monday, 20 March, 2023