Local Senior Officer presents positive performance report for Clacks area

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The report was presented today to the Resources and Audit Sub Committee.

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Local Senior Officer for Clackmannanshire, Ross Haggart, presented a positive Performance Report to the Resources and Audit Sub Committee at Clackmannanshire Council today (Wednesday 17 February).

The third quarter report shows the service is working hard to protect communities from fire and other emergencies.

Figures revealed a reduction to 16 accidental house fires of which 12 were cooking related.

LSO Haggart said: “Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended but there are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen.

“Don’t leave pans unattended and take them off the heat if you have to leave the room. Fire starts when your attention stops. When you have finished cooking, make sure the cooker or oven is turned off.

"Make sure you have working smoke alarms and consider fitting a heat alarm in your kitchen.  Heat alarms are specially designed to quickly detect cooking fires while avoiding false alarms caused by cooking.  In the event of fire, a smoke or heat alarm will alert you and give you time to react safely and sensibly.  It could save your life."

LSO Haggart added: "Partnership working and the delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits are both crucial in reducing the number of accidental dwelling fires. SFRS continues to improve its performance with 86 visits delivered this year to date, which 44 of these were classed as high risk.

"We continue to develop our partnerships to ensure those who are most vulnerable or at risk from fire or harm in the home are identified and that appropriate risk reduction measures are put in place."

SFRS works closely with partner agencies and communities to reduce the number of house fires through the delivery of targeted visits. The crews have also been working closely with Mobile Emergency Care Service to meet the needs of more vulnerable members of the community.

Local Officers are also engaging with the local community planning process at all levels with the Station Manager from Alloa and Tillicoultry now embedded in the local community planning partnership.

To register for a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk

Deliberate fires were also down during the third quarter from 19 in 2014/15 to 14 for the same period this year.

LSO Haggart said: “Partnership working and youth engagement are key in reducing the risk of deliberate fires occurring. Locally there are very good relationships between local Station Managers, Police Inspectors and Local Community Planning Groups.

“The Service continues to work with partner agencies including Police Scotland and Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) to reduce these deliberate fires. We delivered 42 presentations to groups within Clackmannanshire and continue to deliver educational talks and school visits.

There were also fewer false alarm calls with unwanted fire alarm signals (UFAS) down 24 during the third quarter of 2015/16 to 108, when compared with the same period last year.

LSO Haggart said: “Although UFAS has fallen from the previous year, false alarms continue to make up 50% of all calls. We continue to work closely with duty holders and, where appropriate, improving management arrangements within premises to reduce the number of UFAS events.”