999 calls in Wales cut by 50% in a decade
The Statistical Bulletin published by Statistics for Wales last week showed a continuing decrease in the number of fires and call-outs for the emergency services.
The statistics cover a 12-year period from 2001/02 to 2013/14 and therefore make interesting reading for anyone who remembers the debate around the introduction of the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005, which came into force in 2006.
The biggest change to fire regulation in the UK for nearly 35 years, the ‘RRO’ as it is commonly known required the owners and occupiers of buildings to take on responsibility for fire risk assessment from the fire authorities, who had previously been responsible for issuing a fire certificate.
It would appear that concerns over increase fire risk were misfounded, given the continuing trend data from Wales.
The report notes that since 2002/03:
- the number of incidents attended has dropped by 50%;
- all types of attendances have fallen: numbers of primary fires falling by 64%;
secondary fires by 70%; and false alarms by 21%; and
- the number of deliberate primary fires has reduced by 83%.
The full report can be downloaded from: http://gov.wales/docs/statistics/2015/150730-fire-statistics-2014-15-en.pdf