Deliberate fires reduce across Stirling

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by Jamie Milligan

Deliberate fires have reduced across Stirling.

Intentional secondary fires have fallen rapidly from 27 instances to eight between December 2017 and December 2018.

Primary fires have also reduced from 11 instances to six.

The reduction is in part down to educational work carried out by firefighters.

Roddie Keith is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Stirling.

LSO Keith welcomed the reduction in deliberate fires, but said firefighters will continue to educate people on the dangers of fire-setting.

He said: “Education is one of the most powerful tools we have when working to reduce instances of deliberate fire-setting.

“Working to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place, by working with our communities, is a key priority for the SFRS.

“Laying bare the potentially devastating consequences a deliberate fire can have is something we are always keen to emphasise to our communities.”

During the same timeframe, fires within non-domestic buildings reduced from 13 to five instances.

Accidental dwelling fires increased by one instance from 19 to 20.

According to LSO Keith, having a working smoke alarm can significantly increase the chance of a fire being detected.

He said: “As a Service, we offer free home fire safety visits, where our firefighters can install a free smoke alarm for you and can help identify potential hazards within your home.

“I can’t emphasise the value of this initiative enough. It allows us to help make your home a safer place to live.

“We are particularly keen to work with the more vulnerable members of our society, but I would strongly encourage everyone to get in touch to arrange a visit.”

For more on how to obtain a free home fire safety visit, visit /your-safety/hfsv-form.aspx

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