Angus firefighters have visted more than 2,000 homes

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Local Senior Officer for Angus, Colin Grieve, presented the latest Quarterly Performance Report before councillors.

Jmh _5303_450x 300Firefighters have visited more than 2,000 homes across Angus - and helped people to stay safe.

They provided advice and guidance to residents on how to avoid fire and what to do in the event of an emergency, also testing or installing smoke detectors during each visit.

Over half of these were delivered over the course of April 2016 to March 2017 at homes of some of the most vulnerable people in need of assistance.

The number of Home Fire Safety Visits was revealed by Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Angus, Colin Grieve, when he met with local councillors on the Angus Council Scrutiny and Audit Committee on Thursday, June 22, to report his end of year performance report for 2016/17.

He said: “This is a measure of how hard our firefighters are working to support the local communities and I would commend them for their efforts in delivering these home fire safety visits. 

“Our free home fire safety visits are a key part of our preventative work and we would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more.
 
“We will help make sure people’s homes are as safe as possible, get assistance from partners if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge.”
  
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Latest figures also showed a reduction of almost half in fire casualties for the year end 2016/17 when compared 2015/16, and a reduction of 16 per cent when compared to the five year average.

LSO Grieve said: “Our overall ambition is to have zero fire casualties throughout Scotland and the drop in casualty figures for this year in Angus shows we are moving in the right direction.

“This reduction has not been achieved by SFRS alone and thanks must go to the many partners including the Local Authority and Healthcare, who we work with on a regular basis to make the communities of Angus safer.”

The report also revealed a reduction in deliberate fires.

A total of 103 deliberate fires were recorded during 2016/17– a reduction of 10 per cent when compared to 2015/16 reporting year, and a reduction of around 20 per cent when compared to the five year average. Longer term, deliberate fires have dropped by around half over the past five years.

LSO Grieve said: “Across Angus we continue to work very hard to engage with young people and educate them on the consequences of deliberate fire raising.

“We would ask the public to be vigilant and to report any sign of fire raising activity to the police. To those responsible, we would urge them to consider the impact their reckless actions might have.

“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.”

Responses to, and attendance at Unwanted Fire Alarms Signals (UFAS) during 2016/17 has seen a 14 per cent reduction compared to the 2015/16 figures.

UFAS figures in Angus, are at their lowest number in a number years.

LSO Grieve said: “Whilst the number of UFAS reported during 2016/17 has fallen, we recognise that more needs to be done to reduce the burden that responding to these calls can have on our resources.

“Through partnership working we are starting to see a reduction in the number of unwanted calls.”

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