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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire service reveals record-breaking results

11/06/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has today revealed record-breaking reductions in the number of incidents that crews have been called to in the last year.

“The record-breaking figures that we have revealed today are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff who deal with a wide range of emergencies on a regular basis. It is also a great endorsement of the effective working relationships we have with the partner organisations we work with to reduce risk and improve the lives and well-being of local people.

“However, despite recording our lowest ever number of incidents we will not become complacent. Any fire or other emergency that causes harm or distress within our communities is one too many. We remain absolutely committed to further reducing the number of incidents we attend and we will continue to strive to do so in the future.”

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The Service’s pro-active approach to preventing fires and reducing risk has seen the lowest ever amount of reported incidents across the county.

Between April 2012-March 2013 crews attended a total of 9,291 incidents – compared to 11,654 the previous year.

Sixteen people were injured in accidental fires in homes from April 2012-March 2013 –five fewer casualties than the year before.

Accidental deaths caused by blazes in residential properties also went down to four between April 2012 and March 2013 compared to six the previous year.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said the Service’s prevention and education work had played a key role in reducing the number of incidents.

He said: “The record-breaking figures that we have revealed today are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff who deal with a wide range of emergencies on a regular basis. It is also a great endorsement of the effective working relationships we have with the partner organisations we work with to reduce risk and improve the lives and well-being of local people.

“However, despite recording our lowest ever number of incidents we will not become complacent. Any fire or other emergency that causes harm or distress within our communities is one too many. We remain absolutely committed to further reducing the number of incidents we attend and we will continue to strive to do so in the future.”

The Service completed an impressive 32,256 Home Fire Risk Checks from April 2012-March 2013. That is an increase of 4,997 when compared to the previous 12 months.

It also reduced hoax phone calls – which can take vital frontline crews away from potentially life-threatening situations – from 580 two years ago to 337 last year.

Mr Dartford added: “We have worked very closely with our partners to engage with local communities, particularly older and vulnerable people, to highlight the importance of Home Fire Risk Checks. This initiative has really paid off with nearly 5,000 more visits carried out last year compared to 2011-2012. This is a real achievement and could literally mean the difference between someone being seriously injured or – worse still - killed if a fire breaks out in a dwelling.

“We are also continuing to educate young people about the possible consequences of making hoax calls. We will continue to strive to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent safer places to live, year on year.”

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.