Slight increase in accidental dwelling fires in North East Fife area identified
25 June 2014
Newly published SFRS operating plan for NEF prompts local preventative action.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in Fife has experienced a 26 percent decrease of incidents involving accidental dwelling fires compared to last year. However, an increase in accidental dwelling fires in the North East Fife area is bucking that trend. SFRS attended 41 accidental dwelling fires last year - the highest number in five years for the area.
Group Manager for Prevention and Protection Stevie Michie said: “The areas with East Neuk, Landward and Tay Bridgehead have seen an increase in incidents last year and although the numbers remain small this increase is unacceptable and we all need to reverse this trend”
“Because of this, we will be conducting visits in these areas using a direct targeted approach starting today and will continue over the coming weeks and months across North East Fife and other identified areas. Using our local knowledge and intelligence, we will be knocking on doors and leaving leaflets to encourage these communities to take up our FREE Home Fire Safety Visit if they have not already done so. We will be highly visible with several members of staff and our community safety vehicle in local areas forming the hub of the activity. Members of north east fife communities are urged to engage with us and take up our offer of a free home safety visit.
“Working with our partner agencies, we will continue to closely monitor these areas to ensure fire safety advice and smoke alarms are available to all our North East Fife communities.”
Last year, Fife exceeded its target number of Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) during the last year carrying out 6,595 visits, against a target of 5,000, which was an increase of 32 percent.
Group Manager Michie continued: “Clearly some houses still need our support as we are still experiencing fires in properties with no or non-working smoke alarms.
“Any fire in someone’s home must always bring home the importance of working together to prevent fires and raise awareness of how to be safer from the risk of fire in the home.
“Smoke alarms give you that vital early warning should a fire start. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required.
“We urge every household to have working smoke alarms. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required. We need you to join Scotland’s fight against fire and request a visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, or by contacting their local fire station.”