Angus performance report shows reduction in accidental dwelling fires

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Local Senior Officer Colin Grieve presented the report to the Angus Council Scrutiny Committee.

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Local Senior Officer Colin Grieve presented positive figures in a Performance Report to the Angus Council Scrutiny Committee on 8 March, 2016

There has been a reduction of accidental dwelling fires in communities across Angus.
 
There were 26 between 1 October and 31 December, 2015 a reduction of 13 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.

Of these 26 fires, 21 had a fitted smoke detector with 17 of these fitted detectors working.

Local Senior Officer for Angus, Colin Grieve, said: “I am pleased with this figure as it is clear that we are getting key safety messages across to the public.”
 
SFRS continues to improve its performance with 1679 home safety visits delivered this year to date, 31 per cent of these were classed as high risk. As part of these visits fire safety advice is given on a number of home fire safety risk areas; for example leaving cooking unattended, a fire escape plan and testing and maintain smoke detectors. Staff are also now trained in Dementia awareness and spotting signs of financial harm so that individuals can be pointed to sources of help from partners.

LSO Grieve said: “Partnership working and the delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits are both crucial in helping to reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires.

"We continue to develop our partnerships to ensure those who are most at risk or vulnerable from fire or harm in the home are identified and that appropriate risk reduction measures are put in place.  These targeted approaches will continue to develop and improve as we move forward.”

The reduction in deliberate fire setting is welcomed with a 38 per cent reduction of 13 secondary fires which required the attendance of SFRS resources compared with the same quarter 2014-15 and a 35 per cent reduction in the five year average of 20.

Firefighters, along with our partners, work hard to build relationships with the youths within the community and give advice on how to avoid getting involved in wilful fire raising and hoax calls. Crews work with the local schools to deliver with the Safe Angus programme where in excess of 400 primary six and seven pupils attended the event.

LSO Grieve said: “The trend indicates a positive reduction over the past three years and we will continue to highlight the impact on our communities of fire-related anti-social behaviour.”

“As a result of the excellent partnership work undertaken within the ward areas of Angus we are fortunate to have a low number of deliberate fires which account for 5 per cent of all Incidents. We will continue to work with our partner agencies and with groups within the community to help maintain and improve the reduction in deliberate fires.”

There were no fire-related fatalities between October and December, 2015.

Crews tended to 26 fire-related casualties. This is a reduction on 2014 figure when the total was 30. A smoke alarm was present in all but two of these incidents and raised the alarm. 

The LSO said: “The SFRS vision is to have no fire fatalities or casualties throughout Scotland and we are striving to achieve this through partnership working with Angus Council, Police Scotland, Health, Voluntary Action Angus, Housing Associations and local landlords, and these links will continue to develop and implement risk reduction strategies."

Crews regularly visit houses and provide free Home Fire Safety Visits which helps to reduce the number of casualties and fatalities through early intervention which is instrumental in contributing to safer communities.  This partnership approach will contribute to the reduction of the number of casualties particularly from unintentional harm in the home.

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

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