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Success in reducing accidental fires in the home

Date : 29 May 2020


The latest figures from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service show an 8% drop in the number of  accidental fires in the home between 2017/18 and 2019/20.

There has also been a 13% reduction in the number of road traffic collisions attended by the fire and rescue service in the same time period.

That’s a drop of over 100 incidents across the two types of incidents which typically represent a risk to life.

Furthermore, all primary fires (e.g. fires involving buildings, vehicles or large areas of land) reduced by 7% and there was a 26% reduction in the number of chimney fires over the same period.

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:

“We are pleased to see that such good progress is being made preventing these types of serious emergencies in the first place. It shows how important it is to continue to invest in this work, with home safety visits, educational programmes, safety campaigns and community events. We are determined to continue to prioritise these areas.”

Overall, between 2017/18 and 2019/20, there was an 8% rise in the number of incidents across the Service area. The vast majority of these are Special Service calls where we assisted other agencies and/or helped to effect an entry/exit into a building.

Additionally, there was a 5% rise in false alarms due to apparatus over the same period. The Service remains committed to working to reduce these.

The latest figures were taken from our Incident Reporting System on 20 May 2020.  The figures are provisional and final figures will be presented to East Sussex Fire Authority in the Annual Outcome Report in September 2020. 


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