Big drop in refuse fires

Figures released today (9 November) by Cleveland Fire
Brigade show that there was a big drop in the number of
refuse fires on Bonfire Night compared to the previous year.

Statistics reveal that on Saturday November 5th firefighters were called to 36 refuse fires compared to 70 in 2010 – a reduction of almost 50%. A breakdown of the figures is below:

  2011 2010 Change
Hartlepool 9 21 -57.1%
Middlesbrough 10 21 -52.4%
Redcar & Cleveland 11 22 -50.0%
Stockton 6 6 0.0%
Cleveland 36 70 -48.6%


The figures have delighted Fire Brigade bosses who recently launched a hard-hitting campaign urging people to put safety first on Bonfire Night.

Steve Johnson, Arson Reduction and Fire Investigation Manager with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “These figures are very encouraging and demonstrate that our safety messages are getting through to people.

“I would like to praise the community for the role that they have played in bringing these figures down. However, we must not be complacent and will continue to work hard to ensure that this downward trend remains.”

As part of the campaign to promote bonfire and firework safety, the Brigade urged the public to report any unofficial bonfire sites throughout the Cleveland area so that local councils could remove them.

They also encouraged people to attend official, organised firework displays where possible. Other aspects of the campaign involved firefighters getting on their bikes to reach the heart of local communities, a leaflet and poster campaign, the use of social networking sites, a safety DVD  being shown in schools and an extensive programme of activities for young people.

To help keep you and your family safe from fire, the Brigade provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and will fit smoke alarms if needed. Call us on 01429 874063 to arrange a visit to your home and you will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your family.

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