Aberdeen sees fall in number of fires

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Local Senior Officer Duncan Smith says service is encouraged by reduction in number of fire casualties over past six months

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The latest performance report for Aberdeen City presented to the local scrutiny committee has highlighted a reduction in the number of fires and casualties in Aberdeen over the last six months.

Local Senior Officer for Aberdeen, Duncan Smith presented the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) performance report to local Councillors on the Communities, Housing & Infrastructure Committee yesterday (Tuesday, 1 November).

The figures highlight that in the first six months of the reporting year (2016-17) there was a decline in dwelling fires, with a reduction of 26 accidental dwelling fires in Aberdeen comparable to the previous year.

No person has lost their life to a fire related incident in Aberdeen during this period with a corresponding drop in the number of overall number of fire casualties from 47 to 14 compared to the same period last year.

The number of Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV’s) undertaken by our staff is being maintained at the high levels delivered during the previous year and we are continuing to target those persons who may be at higher risk of experiencing a fire in their home.

This is a major focus of our risk reduction strategy and is a long term objective. We are pleased to report that we are continuing to be successful in increasing the number of referrals from our partners.
 
The number of deliberate fires also saw a welcome reduction with these types of fires reducing by 24% compared to last year. Our analysis suggests this is a positive outcome of the strong local partnerships we have established, including joint work with Aberdeen City Council and Police Scotland colleagues, to reduce fires of this nature.

Responses to, and attendance at Unwanted Fire Alarms Signals (UFAS) remain at a high level as a proportion of the incidents we attend. We have noted this and continue to engage and work with local partners to reduce activity in this area.

Local Firefighters are also progressing well with new training in specialist skills such as Water Rescue as part of our national drive to enhance capacity and capability across Scotland to deal with emerging risk in our local communities.  

Mr Smith said: “We are particularly encouraged by the reduction in the number of accidental dwelling fires and number of fire casualties over the past six months.”

“It is evident that local communities, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to suffering a fire, are accepting our firefighters free support and guidance on simple ways to reduce the risk of a fire occurring in their home.

“It’s great to see such a visible outcome from our engagement.

“If you have not already requested a free Home Fire Safety Visit please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service today.

“If you do not have a smoke alarm fitted in your property we will provide one free of charge.”

For further information about how to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit please go to our website www.firescotland.gov.uk, call 0800 0731 999 or text "Check" to 61611 from your mobile phone.

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