The chart below shows that in 2012/13 we made 4580 contacts with properties in Staffordshire. This equates to 13.74% of the rate-paying non-domestic properties within the Service's area. In 013/14 we made 24,453 contacts with properties in Staffordshire, this equates to 61.32% of the rate-paying non-domestic properties within the Service’s area.
These contacts may be in the form of:
We use a targeted approach when carrying out fire protection activities and ensure all dealings with properties are relevant and proportionate to the risk we perceive the property presents to the community. This targeted approach has resulted in a reduction in the number of audits and inspections we undertake.
The graph below shows that the trend for the total number of non-domestic properties interacted with over the last three years has dropped from 20.26% in 2010/11, to 16.24% in 2011/12, and again to 13.74% in 2012/13 but increased significantly to 61.32% in 2013/14.
In 2012/13 we responded to 1404 consultations and the chart below shows that in 2013/14 we responded to 1541 consultations.
Fire services respond to certain organisations when they require expert opinion on fire safety matters. We are consulted on Building Regulations applications for new buildings or alterations to existing buildings. Additionally we are also consulted on licensing applications, and also occasionally in the case of planning applications.
It should be noted that the quantity of this work is driven by external demand.
The graph below shows that the trend for the total number of properties that have been involved in consultations dropped from 5.09% in 2010/11 to 4.05% in 2011/12, then rose slightly to 4.21% in 2012/13 and dropped again in 2013/14 to 3.86%.