Fire Officer welcomes drop in fire injuries in East Ayrshire

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Local Senior Officer for East Ayrshire, James Scott, presented the latest Quarterly Performance Report before councillors.

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The number of people injured as a result of fire in East Ayrshire has reduced by more than a quarter over the last year, latest figures reveal.  

A total of 27 casualties were recorded between April 2016 and March 2017 – down 28 per cent on the previous year.

The fall is being linked to ongoing prevention work carried out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service including Home Fire Safety Visits, which are essential in helping detect risks in the home.

James Scott, Local Senior Officer for East Ayrshire, said: “Whilst I welcome this reduction in casualty numbers, it is disappointing to note that 27 people have been injured over the period - some of whom were treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

“A single casualty is one too many and our aim is to improve fire safety in our communities wherever and whenever we can.

“Between April and May this year, firefighters carried out more than 200 Home Fire Safety Visit’s (HFSV) to help identify hazards as well as supply and install smoke detectors free of charge. We’re here to help everyone stay safe but we’re particularly keen to support the most vulnerable and elderly within our communities.

“That’s why we appeal to everyone to check if their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours are in need of this vital support – and to contact us directly.”

The figures were highlighted in a report presented before East Ayrshire Council on Tuesday, June 20.

There was also a near 50 per cent increase in the number of deliberate fires set with 260 reported over the period compared to 175 last year.

The vast majority of these were secondary fires, largely affecting open land and refuse. 

LSO Scott continued: “Deliberate fires are dangerous, put lives at risk and are completely unacceptable. They can also affect the environment and have the potential to impact on local businesses and road networks.

“Such activity is not only reckless and dangerous, but draws on SFRS resources. However, through robust and flexible strategic planning, our crews are always ready to respond to any incident to keep our communities safe.

“I’d like to thank our hard-working crews for their ongoing commitment and professionalism in responding to and tackling deliberate fires.

“I also ask local residents and businesses to ensure that rubbish does not accumulate outside their property, and that wheelie bins are stored in a safe and secure area until collection.”