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Fire in the hole

The long-awaited fire brigades attendance figures for the year ending September 2007 are in, and it is a reasonably good picture, in that fires are fewer, as - rather more importantly - are deaths.

However, well over half of all fire brigade attended incidents are at false alarms, at 421,300 out of 826,500 attendances. I am quite surprised by that, and it should be noted that the bulk are due to apparatus false alarms rather than idiots placing hoax calls. I hope those concerned or their insurance companies get at least partly hit for the cost of the call out.

Meanwhile, digging around in the detail, London had the highest number of fires (32,849), followed by Greater Manchester (23,843) and Strathclyde (23,609). I do not have the energy to compare fire rates by population for each county, but Manchester looks to be the most inflammable.

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Anonymous M Frisch said... 4:50 pm

Those who have read the Swiss German classic Biedermann und die Brandstifter will oppose firemen (they mainly are) as interfering with revolutionary justice.  



Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 9:04 am

Interesting point about what penalties are in place for wasting the fire brigades time.

A simple piece of legislation could save the fire brigade's time and resources, which they could put into saving people's lives instead.  



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