Moray has seen a 22% reduction in deliberate fires, compared to the three year average for the region.
Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire, David Rout revealed the encouraging statistics as he presented his second quarter report to members of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services Committee at Moray Council headquarters yesterday (17 November 2016).
The report also highlighted that no one lost their life as a result of fire in Moray during the second quarter of the year.
Despite a slight increase in fire casualty numbers (from six to nine during the same reporting period this year) the comparison to the three year rolling average has seen a reduction from 15 to nine casualties, a 40% reduction.
But it's the 22% reduction in deliberate fires which is most encouraging. During the second quarter there was a slight increase to 41 from a figure of 39 during the same period last year. However, the three year average figure fell from 53 to 41.
LSO Rout said: “Partnership working is key to reducing deliberate fires and we achieve this through the Moray Community Safety Hub. As part of our Thematic Actions Plans we focused on deliberate fires and visited schools to provide an input on the hazards and consequences of deliberate fire setting.
“As well as this we carried out youth engagement in known high risk area and used both traditional and social media to highlight the issues.”
Moray has among the lowest number of dwelling fires per mainland Scotland local authority area (50 compared to highest 960).
Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire David Rout commented: “Results for this indicator show that we are below the average of accidental house fire casualties when compared against both the north service delivery area and Scotland as a whole.
“Partnership working and the delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits are the key focus for us in reducing fire casualties and fatalities.
“We have worked closely with Hanover housing to deliver visits for clients and due to the success of this in Moray this will be rolled out into Aberdeenshire.
“In Moray we continue to develop partnerships through the Moray Community Safety Hub and the Moray Community Planning Partnership. And the delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits sees continuous improvement.”
Accidental house fires figures remain largely the same when compared to the three year average, which is 24. There were 24 reported during the third quarter, a slight rise compared to the same period the previous year which was 19.
LSO Rout said: “Results for accidental house fires show that we are below the average when compared against the north service delivery area and Scotland.
“Throughout Moray we continue to promote Home Fire Safety Visits and in particular to ensure that these are targeted at the people most in need.
“Through the Moray Community Safety Hub we ensure information is shared among partners and that vulnerable people are identified and a partnership approach is adopted to meet their needs.
“During the reporting period we have delivered 802 Home Fire Safety Visits, including Post Domestic Incident Response to fires.”
SFRS in Moray has also seen a reduction in non-domestic and secondary fires when compared to the three year average.
There has been a decrease in this type of incident from 95 to 85 incidents, a reduction of 11%. When looking into the different categories it shows that SFRS saw a 35% reduction (23 to 15) in non-domestic fires, a 28% reduction (40 to 29) in deliberate secondary fires. Accidental secondary fires was the only area to see an increase by 25% (32 to 40). However, the results do show that the area is still below the average number for this type of incident when compared against the north service delivery area and Scotland.
LSO Rout added: “We continue to engage with business owners through our fire enforcement programme, where we provide advice and guidance on how to prevent both accidental and deliberate fires in non-domestic buildings.
“In relation to secondary fires we promote the proper disposal of smoking materials through traditional and social media and in relation to deliberate secondary fires we work with partners in the Moray Community Safety Hub to highlight the dangers and consequences of deliberate fire raising.”