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Fires (2020)


A list of all incidents to which they have been called in the House of Commons since January 2017?



Please note that the House of Commons and the House of Lords are separate public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). We note that you have also directed your request to the House of Lords. Our response, therefore, will cover information relating only to incidents in the buildings and spaces on the parliamentary estate for which the House of Commons is responsible.

Please also note initially that the House of Commons' In-House Services team employs Fire Officers rather than “firefighters.” Currently, the House employs 28 Fire Officers, with 7 on shift at any time. All have previously served as firefighters and they  investigate fire alarms in the Palace  and Portcullis House prior to the alarm sounding to prevent false evacuations during House business. They also attend alarms and  fire calls to all 17 other  buildings on the Estate, to provide assurance for evacuations and investigating  the cause and provide liaison with the London Fire Brigade. They routinely  inspect and patrol all buildings ensuring fire risks are mitigated, they also provide the  capability to support persons with mobility or other impairments that may need assistance to evacuate. They test fire alarm equipment and fire alarms across the Estate. They permanently staff the Fire Control desk to monitor fire alarm equipment across the Estate.

This information is held by the House of Commons.
The House records 3 separate classifications of “incident” which are Fires, False Alarms and Evacuations, which are recorded separately.
Information for all “incidents” to which Fire Officers were called.