Rise in fire safety visits

Home fire safety visits in Aberdeenshire have risen sharply in 2013-14, according to latest figures.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have revealed an increase of more than 300% on the previous year.

A total of 910 more visits were delivered to communities in the region.

Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, told councillors he was delighted with the increased number of visits, which are designed to prevent fire and protect people and buildings.

He said: “They are a proven method of engaging with people at risk from fire and provide appropriate fire safety information and advice. The vast majority of this year’s visits were targeted at those who were most vulnerable or at deemed to be at risk.

“There is a very positive approach to Community Fire Safety/Prevention and Protection in Aberdeenshire.

“During the past year, staff within Aberdeenshire and the wider LSO Area, have worked hard and made tremendous improvements in the number of Home Fire Safety Visits generated and delivered, all of which points to our desire to prevent fire and protect communities.”

Mr Rout was presenting his fourth quarter report to councillors and said that he plans to ask for further scrutiny on the campaign so that any necessary improvements can be made to ensure “a sustained and focused delivery in other identified areas across Aberdeenshire”.

Addressing concerns he has regarding fire fatalities and casualties from house fires, Mr Rout is urging the public to help arrange a home visit for any elderly or vulnerable person they believe may be at risk from fire.