Deliberate fires in Staffordshire have fallen by 25 per cent with a further 12 per cent reduction in property fires.
These and other key achievements and aspirations are celebrated in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s new report – Our Performance, Your Safety 2008/09.
"The Fire and Rescue Service is making a positive contribution to the lives and well being of local people."
Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
The performance summary document also reveals a 10 per cent decrease in domestic fires and a 12 per cent reduction in fires at business premises.
It highlights the successes achieved by the Service’s nine area commands – Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Tamworth, Lichfield, East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands.
Focussing on campaigns and initiatives delivered to drive down accidental dwelling fires the document also explores achievement in reducing death and injury by fire.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford, said: ‘"This report provides members of the communities we serve details of the achievements we made in 2008/09.
"I am sure that anyone reading this document will be assured that their fire and rescue service is making a positive contribution to the lives and well being of local people.
"While we have achieved a great deal, there remains much to do. Consequently, we will use this positive progress as a driver for even further improvements in the services we provide and the ways that we work with partners and our communities to make a positive impact on those things that matter most to them.’’
Published annually, the statutory document is produced to inform the community on the performance and achievements of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
It also outlines Service targets for the year ahead, working alongside partner agencies like Staffordshire Police and local authorities in each of the nine area commands.
Our Performance, Your Safety will be distributed to all interested stakeholders and copies sent to councils, schools, libraries and medical centres where they can be viewed by the general public.
A copy is also available for viewing on the Service’s website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk