Reduction in fire casualties

There has been a reduction in the number of fire casualties in Aberdeenshire during 2015/16.
There has been a reduction in the number of fire casualties in Aberdeenshire during 2015/16.

The number of fire casualities in Aberdeenshire fell during 2015/16.

Increased home safety visits and greater partnership working are two factors which have contributed to the reduction...according to fire chiefs.

Prevention remains a key focus in our community safety activity

David Rout Local Senior Officer

Recently released figures show that home fire safety visits in the region rose by almost a third in 2015/16 compared to the previous year.

The increase has coincided with a drop in accidental house blazes over the same period, to the extent that Aberdeenshire has recorded its lowest casualty figures in that category in five years.

Deliberate fires have also decreased in the region with crews called out to 147 incidents in 2015/16 compared to 173 in 2014/15.

Partnership working and youth engagement, particularly in the Buchan and Banff areas, have played a key role in reducing the risk of deliberate fires.

Overall, the region has achieved improvements in five of the six key performance indicators laid out by the Aberdeenshire Local Fire and Rescue Plan 2014-17.

Local senior officer David Rout said: “Prevention remains a key focus in our community safety activity and home fire safety visits play a crucial role in reducing the chances of a fire occurring in the first place.

“We continue to develop partnerships and improve referral arrangements to help identify those most vulnerable from fire in the home.

“Firefighters are working closely beside local organisations such as the Sheltered Housing Initiative and Aberdeenshire Care and Repair to ensure this continues.

“I am also encouraged to see the hard work of our community partnerships paying off with the reduction in deliberate fires.

“This was not achieved by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service alone and credit must go to our partners in Police Scotland, local authority and local community safety groups.”