Over 6,600 home fire safety visits delivered across Fife
26 August 2016
latest report shows a reduction in deliberate fires
Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Fife, Iain Vincent, presented the latest Performance Report to the Fife Council Safer Communities Committee yesterday (25 August).
6662 Home Fire Safety Visits were delivered across Fife from April 2015 to March 2016 – 33 per cent above target.
SFRS works closely with partner agencies and communities to reduce the number of house fires through the delivery of targeted visits. 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 maintaining smoke detectors.
LSO Vincent 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 work directly with our partners 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.”
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Fife communities have also seen a reduction of deliberate fires. Deliberate fires recorded between April and March shows a continued reduction over the previous three year average.
Firefighters, along with our partners, work hard to build relationships with the young people within the community and give advice on how to avoid getting involved in willful fire raising and hoax calls.
LSO Vincent said: “It is pleasing to note that deliberate fires were the lowest on record. We will continue to advise and educate the impact on our communities of fire-related anti-social behaviour.”
“This is a result of the excellent partnership work undertaken within the ward areas of Fife. Local managers have been working closely with partner agencies to identify those responsible in order to reduce incidents of this type. Where young people are identified as having committed these acts they are referred to our prevention team and where appropriate, part of our ‘DiversiFIRE’ intervention programme.”
He added: “A number of initiatives have been undertaken to reduce these incidents such as school visitations, community clean-up activities, engaging with youth groups and business premises.
“Intelligence is shared regularly as part of the multi-agency tasking and co-ordinating meetings and also the fire related anti-social behaviour group where discussions have led to a number of actions being taken to address this issue.”
LSO Vincent highlighted the good work undertaken by the Water Safety Fife group.
He said: “After two deaths from drowning that devastated our local community in the last year, it was extremely important for us to get out there and speak to the public about staying safe near the water.
“The group have delivered presentations piloted in six High Schools in West Fife last September to every High School pupil. The pilot is continuing this year in Fife, and has also been delivered in other areas of Scotland.
“It’s great that we have been able to join up with Police Scotland and RNLI to deliver these lifesaving messages to the local schools.”