Dramatic drop in number of Barking and Dagenham fires

PUBLISHED: 12:47 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:47 01 June 2015

New figures show the number of fires in the borough has dropped by 43 per cent over the last five years

New figures show the number of fires in the borough has dropped by 43 per cent over the last five years

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The number of fires across the borough has nearly halved over the last five years.

Figures released by London Fire Brigade today (Monday) show the number of blazes in Barking and Dagenham has fallen by 43 per cent - down to an average of less than two a day.

Last year firefighters from Barking and Dagenham attended 611 fires, compared to 1,076 in 2010/2011.

Across London, there were fewer than 20,000 fires over last year - the lowest statistic since records began in 1966.

“The figures are a credit to firefighters, fire engineers, fire investigators, community safety specialists and many other staff who have made huge progress in educating people about the importance of fire safety,”

said Paul Trew, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Barking and Dagenham.

“We have worked incredibly hard with our partners in the borough to work on reducing the number of fires we attend and will continue to target those most at risk to prevent deaths and serious injuries.”

Further statistics from London Fire Brigade show the number of all incidents to have fallen to 1,916, a reduction of 29 per cent, with 23 per cent fewer false alarms.

Despite the downward trend, fire chiefs are urging people to not take their eye off the ball when it comes to fire safety, encouraging everyone to have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home and test them regularly.

You can view the full set of data here

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