Praise for fall in deliberate fire setting incidents

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Fire crews in Glenrothes have been praised after efforts to reduce deliberate fire setting in the town have resulted in a 40 per cent decrease.

The town had suffered a wave of deliberate fires throughout 2014 and early 2015, which peaked during school holiday periods.

But following a concerted effort of prevention and education, in which fire officers supported by community police teams on visits to schools across the Glenrothes area, there has been a significant reduction in incidents occurring.

Latest statistics for the period between April and September 2015, saw the number of incidents of deliberate fire setting falling from 97 and 93 in the same periods for 2013 and 2014 respectively, to 56 in 2015 - a 40 per cent decrease.

“It’s pleasing to see a significant reduction in this type of incident and that is largely down to a proactive approach of visiting schools at peak times such as before holiday periods and in the lead up to bonfire night,” said Grahm Arnott, Glenrothes Fire Station manager. Councillors praised fire crews for the deduction with councillor Altany Craik commenting that the figures would “bring peace of mind to residents”. Fire crews in Glenrothes have been praised after efforts to reduce deliberate fire setting in the town have resulted in a 40 per cent decrease.

The latest fire safety report for the period April - September 2015 also highlighted the continuing preventative measures being undertaken across the area. Officers undertook 505 home safety visits in the Glenrothes area within the reported period - 55 more than their target.

However Graham Arnott, Glenrothes Fire Station manager admitted there was “still work to do” following an increase of 47 per cent (163 no) in the amount of false alarm calls.

“Of the figure just six were malicious, however we will continue to work with repeat offenders going forward,” he said.