Sep 10 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
FIREFIGHTERS are battling nearly half as many fires locally as a decade ago, official statistics show.
The drop is put down to better education of the most at-risk households and the provision of fire-fighting equipment like fire blankets and prevention devices such as smoke alarms.
Figures released by the London Fire Brigade show that the number of blazes of all kinds attended by crews in Brent last year fell to 792, or roughly two every day.
In Harrow fires generally have decreased by 45 per cent because last year there were 457 fires compared with 826 in 2001.
The volume of house fires in Brent has fallen by 44 per cent and by 26 per cent in Harrow over the course of a decade.
In both areas callouts to things such as road traffic collisions, false alarms and non-emergency calls have fallen significantly. Terry Harrington, the brigade’s Borough Commander for Brent, said: “These figures show that people in Brent are less likely to have a fire than ever before and local residents are far safer as a result.
“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.
“People in Brent are really benefitting from the hard work of our firefighters. However, while 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.”