Fire fatality numbers drop around Glasgow

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Firefighters’ efforts to protect at-risk people in communities across the Glasgow area are paying off and preventing tragedies in the city.

The message from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) comes as its quarterly report to Glasgow City Council revealed no lives were lost due to fire during the final three months of 2014.

Excluding precautionary check-ups, only 11 people sustained injuries as a result of fires in the city between October and December.

The figure represents a massive 69 per cent drop from the average 35 casualties for the same three month period over the previous three years.

Area manager George McGrandles, SFRS’s local senior officer for Glasgow, said: “The fact no-one lost their life through fire and the significant fall in the number of casualties is obviously great news for our city.

“By working closely with our partner agencies our crews have been able to help many residents address hazards before they led to a serious incident.

“We’ve been clear we need the public’s help to reach those who are most likely to experience a fire in their home – I want to thank everyone who has already acted to protect not only themselves but also those around them.

“Thinking about whether someone could use some help to stay safe, discussing it with them and putting them in touch with us really can save lives.”

Free home fire safety visits can be arranged by calling SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999 or by texting – also free of charge – the word ‘FIRE’ to 80800. Alternatively, visits can be arranged via the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Glasgow also saw a significant 13 per cent fall in the number of deliberate fires, with 609 such incidents between October and December compared to an average of 702 in the three previous years.

These included 101 deliberate fires involving items of value – down 28 per cent from the period average 139.

There were 508 deliberate secondary fires, which typically involve refuse, grassland or areas of waste-ground, representing a 10 per cent fall from the three year average of 562.

Area manager McGrandles said: “Our crews have been working with young people to raise awareness of the seriousness of deliberately starting fires and the danger this behaviour poses to anyone involved, firefighters and the public.

“Of course we’re delighted to see the downward trend in deliberate fires and we will keep working to see that continue.

“This includes a strong partnership with the police to investigate fires and help them identify those responsible so they can be held to account for their reckless and criminal actions.

“Reducing the number of these incidents also helps ensure our crews and resources are available whenever they’re needed in a real emergency like a house fire or after a collision on the roads.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals involved with deliberately starting fires should contact Police Scotland via the non-emergency number 101.