Fall in call-outs to fire service

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THE number of incidents the county’s fire service has been called out to has dropped by more than 17 per cent in the past three years.

The latest figures released by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service show it attended 8,827 incidents in 2008-9 compared with 7,304 in 2010-11. In addition it has also seen reductions in the number of fires at commercial buildings and homes.

Area manager David Harding said: “Locally, we’ve had considerable success in achieving a downward trend in incidents since we had a peak in 2003-04. We’ve embraced a targeted programme of education, which starts with our schools programme and high risk groups. We’re continuing with our programme to ensure every home has a working smoke alarm through home safety fire checks because domestic fires represent the biggest risk of being injured or killed.”

Other figures released by the service show the number of accidental fires at commercial premises dropped from 288 in 2009-10 by 14 per cent to 248 and the number of arsons at businesses fell by 44 per cent during the same period from 79 to 44. As a result the total number of fires at commerical properties fell by 20 per cent.

House fires fell by 47 incidents to 435 in 2010-11 and the service has revealed over 10 years the figures have declined by 32 per cent.

Accidental house fire numbers also dropped from 411 in 2009-10 to 381 in 2010-11.

Arson figures for properties fell from 71 in 2009-10 to 54 in 2010-11 and the number of deliberate vehicles fires have been falling since 2003-04 when there were more than 1,000 incidents to 173 in 2010-11. The service has put this reduction down to the work of its Arson Task Force and the Elvis (End of Life Vehicle Impound Scheme) which allows people to report abandoned, burned-out or nuisance vehicles.

The number of road accidents it attended also dropped from 526 in 2009-10 to 482 in 2010-11.