Fall in deliberate fires welcome

Grampian Fire and Rescue Service LSO David Rout.
Grampian Fire and Rescue Service LSO David Rout.

A 26% reduction in deliberate fires in Aberdeenshire in the third quarter of the year has been welcomed by the area’s senior fire officer.

Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray David Rout said that while he is pleased to note the reduction he says the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s aim is to reduce those figures even further.

SFRS presented its third quarter report to the local Aberdeenshire Scrutiny Committee recently and there was more good news for the area with no fire fatalities recorded within the period (October 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014).

When compared to the three year rolling average covering the same period SFRS has seen a 26% reduction in deliberate fires, from 43 to 32.

LSO Rout said: “This is most encouraging given the seasonal time of year and historically higher number of incidents occurring around the bonfire period. It is pleasing that these figures represent a five year low.

“However, we will not be complacent and last week’s tragic fatal fire in Fraserburgh simply highlights we still have a lot of prevention work to do to ensure our communities are as safe as possible.”

There was a slight rise in accidental house fires during the reporting period, with a total of 51 accidental house fires across Aberdeenshire – an increase of one compared to the three year rolling average.

LSO Rout commented: “This is an identified area for improvement. In line with our priorities as contained within Aberdeenshire Local Fire and Rescue Plan and respective Multi Member Ward Plans, we continue to focus on this area through our delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits, installation of Smoke Alarms and partnership working to identify those most vulnerable and at risk from fire and its associated human and financial costs as well as enhancing community safety.”

He added that SFRS’s Fire Safety Enforcement Officers will monitor and review the situation in relation to fires at non domestic properties, which have seen a 10% increase when compared to the previous year covering the same period from 21 to 23. The service’s prevention work in Aberdeenshire continues .