Brigade smashes fire reduction targets

ACO Craig McIntosh  Wy fire
ACO Craig McIntosh Wy fire
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Firefighters in Calderdale have smashed their targets for reducing fires.

In the period 2011 to 2012, Calderdale saw 2,541 turn outs to emergency calls, two per cent better than their target.

The theme continues across West Yorkshire, with targets beaten in the four other districts too.

The biggest improvement was in Kirklees, where there were 4,914 call outs - almost nine per cent better than the target.

Leeds had 10,593 call outs, three per cent better than target, Bradford was two per cent better with 7,951 and Wakefield was nearly 5 per cent up with 4,093.

All districts recorded a fall in arson and fewer house fires, house deaths and injuries and a total of 45,000 free home fire safety checks were carried out across West Yorkshire.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Craig McIntosh said that 2011/12 had been the first year that districts had been given risk reduction targets, which was reflected in individual station targets.

“Obviously, what may be high risk in Bradford may not be mirrored in Huddersfield or Wetherby so we wanted to focus our activity on what would make a difference locally,” Mr McIntosh said.

I’m glad to say that overall this seems to be working and much more effective working relationships are already being formed on the ground with other agencies such as neighbourhood policing teams and councils.

“Achievements across all five districts in reducing risk has had an impact on the service’s headline performance.

“Fewer fires result in fewer casualties and pleasingly 2011/12 saw the lowest number ever of five accidental domestic fire deaths.

“This is five more than we would like as each represents a tragedy, but we are delivering lower numbers year on year and this demonstrates that our risk reduction work is making the people of West Yorkshire safer.”

Mr. McIntosh added that the targets would be refreshed every year to make sure they were still relevant and stretching.

This is the first year that West Yorkshire Fire Service have set targets to reduce the number of call outs they attend.