Top of the class ranking for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

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WARWICKSHIRE County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has been ranked the best performing authority in the country for reducing accidental fires in the home and reducing attendance to unwanted automatic fire alarms.

The confirmation has come as part of a national bench marking exercise which involved 42 fire and rescue services from across the country.

Warwickshire came top of its class as far as the rate of accidental dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings is concerned and had the lowest attendance to false automatic fire alarm calls. The Service also came fourth in reducing fires in commercial properties.

The Chief Fire Officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Graeme Smith said: “I am delighted that Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the best performing authority when it comes to driving down the risk of fires in the home. This is a huge achievement and one which can be attributed to our pro-active fire safety campaigns and our excellent operational rescue capability.

“Our impressive stats of having no fire fatalities in the home in the last year, is also something for us to be proud of. Recent coverage of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service on BBC’s Real Rescue’s is a tribute to that, with interviews with a family of nine who lives were saved when we rescued them from a house fire in Nuneaton in November 2011.

“As the Chief Fire Officer, my aim is to make communities safer and I believe the outcome of this bench marking exercise clearly demonstrates that we are doing just that!”

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Richard Hobbs said: “I would like to congratulate the Service on this success.

Within the last two years, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have undergone a huge programme of change in an effort to increase the safety of our residents. The outcome of that change is clearly evident, with the Service ranking first in reducing accidental fires in the home and reducing attendance to unwanted automatic fire alarms. Well done to all involved.”

For further information on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue.