Fire service reflects on an ‘excellent’ year

Crews fight the blaze at Alder Pallet Company in Cable Road,Viewfield.
Crews fight the blaze at Alder Pallet Company in Cable Road,Viewfield.

THE number of bogus phone calls made to Fife Fire and Rescue service has gone down in the last year.

The service revealed in the 12 months from March 31, 2011, there were 113 calls, down from 130.

Four bogus callers were also said to have been arrested as a result of investigations.

An education programme was launched last year to try and reduce the number of bogus calls and a DVD, produced was also handed out to school pupils.

Convicted hoax callers can be fined £5000 or face three months in prison.

Meanwhile the service reported it had an excellent year in terms of performance against other key indicators.

Accidental house fires decreased by over five per cent to 235, the main cause of which originated from cooking.

Secondary fires, which include rubbish, grass etc were down 15 per cent on last year.

The numbers of casualties resulting from fire incidents decreased by over 12 per cent. There were 20 incidents which resulted in 20 casualties and three fatalities.

In a bid to reduce figures further the service carried out 5290 home fire safety risk assessments on domestic properties within Fife and 5987 long-life smoke detectors were fitted free of charge.

A spokesperson added the service remained confident it is delivering a first class service and is equal to, if not better, than any other fire and rescue service in Scotland.