Local Senior Officer for Dundee pleased with reduction in deliberate fires

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The Service's partnership with NHS Tayside has also resulted in a reduction in false alarm calls

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service last night (Monday 16 November 2015) revealed that ongoing prevention and protection work is resulting in a reduction in deliberate fires across Dundee.

Local Senior Officer for Dundee, Colin Grieve, yesterday presented his second quarter report to members of the Dundee scrutiny committee.

Between July and September 2015 there were 129 deliberate fires in Dundee, compared to 167 during the same period in 2014 (the five year average is 144).

Local Senior Officer Grieve said: “It is pleasing to note the continued downward trend with a lot of the different incident types that the local fire and rescue service attend.

“Ultimately a lot of the prevention and protection services we have delivered, often in conjunction with a wide range of partners, have contributed directly to this reduction making our communities safer.

One of the most pleasing aspects of his second quarter report was the fact that there were fewer deliberate fires in the city than there have been during the same period for the last five years.

LSO Grieve commented: “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 where appropriate, as part of our ‘Fire Setters’ intervention programme.”

The report also highlighted a reduction in the number of false alarm calls thanks to a dedicated partnership approach with NHS Tayside to information sharing.

This partnership has cut the number of false alarms at Ninewells Hospital by approximately 30% since it began in December.

LSO Grieve said: “A closer working relationship with key personnel from our partner organisations, sharing more detailed information and holding regular meetings to discuss the issues has helped reduce the number of false alarm calls.”

The number of incidents of accidental house fires attended by the Service (49) is just below the five year average (51). Of these incidents 39 had a smoke alarm present and at 29 of these a smoke detector raised the alarm, which highlights the importance of having working smoke detection within the home.

During the reporting period Scottish Fire and Rescue Service undertook a total of 1419 Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV), against a target of 950. The majority of these were carried out at premises which were identified to be of high/medium risk.

Fire casualty figures also remain low with 13 reported in the second quarter, the same figure as the July to September period in 2014 and below the five year average of 15.

LSO Grieve said: “Our HFSV programme is aimed at increasing the safety of our communities by preventing fires as well as improving the level of smoke detector ownership and maintenance which promotes early detection of fire and reduces the likelihood of occupiers suffering injury and limits any damage caused to property.

“We continue to work with partner agencies to identify those most vulnerable to the effects of fire in order that we can properly target our initiatives and HFSV’s.”