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Fire service incidents attended in 2014-15 are the lowest ever recorded

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At the quarterly meeting on 17th June, Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority received its Annual Performance Report which revealed that the number of fire service incidents attended within Herefordshire and Worcestershire has continued to fall, with last year's 6,112 incidents being the lowest the Service has recorded since records began. There has been a 25 percent fall in incidents since 2010-11 with the Service responding to 3,000 fewer incidents than it did just over ten years ago.

This downward trend continues throughout the report with falls in almost all incident categories. The number of non-fire incidents such as rescues from vehicles and water has also decreased, despite an increase in wet weather related incidents. The number of fires attended has fallen by more than 30 percent in the last five years with the number of fire related injuries to members of the public also reducing.

These trends continue to show how the communities of the two counties are becoming more aware of fire safety and also how the community safety work carried out by the Service and its partners is making a real impact.

During the meeting, the Fire Authority also approved its Annual Report, which has now been published on the HWFRS website. This wide ranging report provides the public with an overview of how the Service has performed over the last year and also highlights the plans in place for 2015-16.

The document is based on information gathered throughout the year and also celebrates some of the Services many achievements and success stories over the last year, which include new fire stations in Malvern and Worcester, some major training exercises, the official opening of Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station, and the overhaul of the HWFRS website.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "We've made some excellent progress over the last 12 months and I'm extremely proud of our committed staff who work tirelessly to protect and serve the people living in the two counties. The Service can proudly say that, through the extensive preventative work that we undertake, we have stopped buildings from burning and prevented people from being injured."

He continued: "Although our performance is hugely impressive, we will not be complacent and will strive to improve the safety of our local communities and ensure we deliver the best service at all times."

During its meeting the Authority also re-elected its Chairman, Councillor Derek Prodger MBE, and elected a new Vice-Chairman, Councillor Roger Phillips.

Councillor Derek Prodger MBE said: "I am extremely pleased to be elected once again and would like to also congratulate the newly appointed Vice-Chairman, Councillor Roger Phillips. Today, we have heard about some of the Services fantastic achievements so I look forward leading the Authority and building upon this success in the coming year."

The meeting also saw the Authority approve the commencement of a full formal public consultation for the Wyre Forest Blue Light Hub project. The project which has received a significant government grant involves building a joint emergency services hub in the Wyre Forest area, which will enable emergency responders to work more effectively together as well as potentially creating savings for the Service. The consultation process will involve working closely with staff, local communities and their representatives to make sure that all views are taken into consideration prior to the Authority making any decisions on a way forward at its meeting in December of this year.

Click here to view the full Fire Authority Annual Report 2015-16

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Officer
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk