Fires fall by 60 per cent in 10 years in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 13:19 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 13:19 03 September 2012

Safety: Chris Daly said enhanced fire safety within at-risk homes had helped to more than halve the number of blazes in Barking and Dagenham

Safety: Chris Daly said enhanced fire safety within at-risk homes had helped to more than halve the number of blazes in Barking and Dagenham


A fire chief praised his colleagues today after official figures showed the number of blazes in Barking and Dagenham had dropped by more than half in 10 years.

Firefighters tackled more than six fires a day, or more than 2,400 in total in 2001, but fewer than three a day - 968 - last year, the London Fire Brigade statistics show.

Meanwhile, the overall number of incidents they deal with, including rescues and road crashes, fell from around 12 to six a day.

Barking and Dagenham fire brigade commander Chris Daly said firefighters had worked “incredibly hard” to improve safety in the east London borough.

He said: “These figures show that people in Barking and Dagenham are less likely to have a fire than ever before and local residents are far safer as a result.

“The London Fire Brigade has worked incredibly hard to make the borough safer. Using a sophisticated approach, it has targeted those people who are more likely to have a fire and provided them with potentially life-saving advice and smoke alarms.”

Firemen brought down the number of blazes by improving safety at homes that have had a disproportionate amount of fires including high-rise blocks.

They have also sought to improve fire safety among pensioners and the disabled, smokers and drinkers who are at greater risk of being involved in fires.

A fire brigade spokesman put down the overall drop in the number of incidents to the introduction of legislation which has banned non fire-resistant sofas, adding firefighters did not take the lead on road crashes which are also dealt with by paramedics and the police.

Barking and Dagenham had 2,436 fires in 2001 compared to 968 last year, a drop of 60 per cent, while the total number of incidents fell from 4,582 to 2,459 or a 46 per cent reduction.

Mr Daly added: “Whilst the borough has become a safer place there is no room for complacency. Brigade chiefs are committed to keeping local residents even safer, not least by preventing fires from happening in the first place.”

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