Number of fires is on the decline

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THE number of recorded fires across the county has fallen for the eighth year in a row.

Figures released by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service show that the number of fires has fallen every year since 2003, dropping from 6,675 to 2,729 in 2010-11.

Despite a £1.1 million budget cut for the service at the beginning of 2011-12 the numbers of fires are also on track to fall again.

The service has reported there were a total of 1,816 fires between April and October in 2011.

That compares to 1,880 during the same period in 2010.

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “Every fire is devastating for the people who suffer them and we’re pleased that fire calls continue to drop and the number of people injured in fires also continues to go down.

“The reason the fire calls continue to drop is down to education.

“The success is down to our communities, all we have done is provide them with the knowledge to try to help them stay safe.

“We’re continuing with our prevention activity, although to a lesser degree than before.”

Mr Emberson said the service had also cut back on the number of false alarms it attends by working more closely with the owners of buildings.