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2016-17 – Our Year in Figures

2016-17 – Our Year in Figures

Category: Year End Results    Date: 7th June 2017       

Did you know that every day, during 2016-17, Firefighters responded to an average of 65 emergency incidents across Northern Ireland?

That means that our crews attended a total of 23,740 emergency incidents, 5.7% more than in 2015-16 and our Regional Control Centre handled 36,069 calls, an increase of 7.9% on the previous year.

Firefighters attended 3,187 fires and rescued 141 people during 2016-17.

One of the most significant developments has been the reduction in the number of accidental dwelling fire fatalities.  It is gratifying to see this figure reduce by 25% but it still remains a tragedy that anyone should die in an accidental dwelling fire. Over the last year we have been taking active steps to target our prevention work at those people considered to be at greatest risk – anyone aged 60 or older, people with disabilities or impaired mobility, or those referred by a partnership agency.

We carried out 3,878 free home fire safety checks, fitted 4,005 smoke alarms and distributed 28,526 fire safety leaflets – again targeting and prioritising the most vulnerable people in our communities.

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During 2016-17, we carried out 1,832 Fire Safety Audits in non-residential premises under the Fire Safety Legislation.  One Enforcement Notice and four Prohibition Notices were issued to premises not compliant with the required fire safety standards.  We brought one prosecution as a result of a failure to comply with the required fire safety regulations.

Thankfully attacks on Firefighters reduced by 12.6%.  We continue to use our youth engagement programmes to raise awareness of the consequences of these attacks.

The role of a Firefighter has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.   Providing an emergency response will always be at the core of what we do, but it is the breadth of incidents that we respond to which has changed.  Fires, road traffic collisions, floods, water rescue, search and rescue incidents are just some examples  of that change.

Fire crews attended 741 road traffic collisions (RTCs), a 1.5% increase in RTCs attended compared to 2015-16.  Special service calls attended during the year increased by 18.2% from 1,831 in 2015-16 to 2,164 in 2016-17.  These calls include flooding, animal rescues, releasing people who were trapped or incidents involving chemical, biological or radioactive substances.

 

Looking Ahead

As we look to the coming year we are committed to providing the best value to the public.  Our costs equate to approximately £38 per head of population and compare favourably to other UK Fire & Rescue Services but we must not become complacent.  The need to effectively manage our resources remains a priority.

We have taken active steps to build efficiencies into how we work.  The opening of our new Logistics Support Centre in Belfast next year will bring key operational support staff and services into one building to deliver real business improvement across the organisation.

As we look to the future we will undoubtedly face continued demand for our services which must be balanced against reducing budgets.  In order to meet these challenges I believe that collaboration will become a defining factor in how we work as we seek out opportunities with other agencies.

Best wishes,

Gary

 

 

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