Waking watch



Request detail: 

Could you please detail how many buildings in your area are subject to a watching wake or fire watch? 

Please detail whether they are owned by private landlords or the local authority. What type of buildings are they, domestic, commercial etc?

Please disclose the same figure for this time last year? 

Please disclose the exact duties that the fire watch covers and why the decision was made to make use of a waking watch. 

What is the cost of this service?

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Under the auditing and recording procedures implemented by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) there is no recognised format to register if a premises has a ‘waking watch’ policy and therefore this information is not generally recorded.

The term ‘waking watch’ or ‘watching brief’ indicates that a person(s) is required to monitor the whole or part of the building, for signs of fire at all material times.

This practise would be too labour intensive for any extended period of time, and therefore, it is an accepted procedure for the premises / part of the premises to be covered by an automatic fire detection and warning system (AFD) for the purpose of life or property protection.

SFRS would only expect to see the use of a waking watch as an interim measure, when there is a defect with the existing AFD (damage to the AFD system and waiting for repair; from electrical power surge from lightning strike, or partial heat damage from a small fire within a room of the building, or failure of the management to maintain the system and to avoid formal enforcement from the Fire Authority, etc.).

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Tuesday, 1 May, 2018


Tuesday, 1 May, 2018