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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 provides everyone with a right of access to information held by public authorities. The Government terms this the 'right to know'. There are however a number of exemptions, such as where the information is personal information, which is protected by the Data Protecton Act 1998, or where the cost of providing information exceeds a certain limit.

As part of our duty under the Act, we continually supply information to the public and our website is one of the ways in which we aim to keep you informed. We keep and maintain a publication scheme, so you may find what you are looking for there. All the information about our publication scheme can be found under the publication scheme tab.

You can view our Freedom of Information Act 2000 Policy by clicking here.

We hope this helps you to find the information that you are looking for. However, if there is something you cannot find and/or you wish to make a FOI request, please contact us by emailing freedomofinformation@dsfire.gov.uk

Fire Reports and Interviews

Requests for Fire Reports and interviews will continue to be dealt with ‘as normal business’ and charges apply to these.  Please see our Standard Charges for the current rates. You can email comments@dsfire.gov.uk to make such requests. 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 provide everyone with a right of access to environmental information held by public authorities and those bodies carrying out a public function, such as utility companies. The Regulations 'right to know' applies regardless of when the information was created or how long it has been held.

View our Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Policy here.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the processing of information about living, identifiable individuals, including the obtaining, use or disclosure of such information.

Our Data Protection Act 1998 Policy is available here and your can download our Subject Access Request Form here.

Further Information

If you need any further information about these Acts or Regulations or if you need advice or assistance with your information request, please contact the Information and Corporate Communications Manager:

t: 01392 872173
e: freedomofinformation@dsfire.gov.uk.

You can also access more information on the Information Commissioner's website www.ico.org.uk.

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