Accidental dwelling fires continue to fall in Angus

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The latest report was presented to the Angus Scrutiny and Audit Committee on Tuesday, June 19.

Firefighters continue to carry out prevention efforts as the number of accidental house fires reduce in Angus, latest figures show.

Crews have carried out a wide range of educational work as well as a total of 1600 Home Fire Safety Visits across the area between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Meanwhile, the statistics also show that the number of accidental dwelling fires has fallen by 16 per cent between April 2017 and March 2018 - from 93 to 78.

During the same period the number of casualties resulting from accidental fires fell from 18 to 15.

Gordon Pryde, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, presented the report to Angus Scrutiny and Audit Committee on Tuesday, June 19.

He said: “Prevention is key to our efforts in helping to keep communities safe. In essence, stopping a fire from occurring in the first place is at the forefront of our efforts.

“One of the ways we work to prevent fire from occurring is through our free home fire safety visits where crews engage not only with families but with the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure we provide the most appropriate support to reduce the risk of unintentional harm in the home.

“We’re here to help everyone stay safe but we’re particularly keen to support the most vulnerable and elderly within our communities.

“That’s why we appeal to everyone to check if their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours are in need of this vital support – and to contact us directly.”

The report also notes that the number of road traffic collisions has increased from 53 to 64 this year.

LSO Pryde said: “We see first-hand the devastating consequences of road traffic collisions.

“That is why we continue to work closely with our emergency service colleagues and other partners in the Angus Council Safer Communities Forum to educate our communities to risks on the road, and prevent loss of life to make our roads in Angus safer.”

There has been an increase in the number of deliberate fires in the region – up to 113 from 80 the previous year.

Most of the fires involved rubbish, wooded areas and grassland.

LSO Pryde said firefighters are committed to driving the number of deliberate fires down.

He added: “Preventing these incidents from occurring in the first place is our main aim and as such we continue to engage with local schools and youth groups to highlight the risks.

“We take a zero tolerance approach towards anyone who deliberately sets fire and are committed to working closely with our partners, including Police Scotland, to help ensure those involved in this criminal activity are quickly identified and action taken.”

To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact 0800 073 1999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or fill in a form at /your-safety/hfsv-form.aspx

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