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The number of fires started deliberately in London has fallen sharply over the past decade, partly because fewer cars are being abandoned and set on fire, new figures have revealed.
The London Fire Brigade said it attended 81 deliberate fires a week last year, compared to an average of 644 in 2003/4.
One of the reasons for the sharp decline is the increasing scrap value of cars, making it less likely they will be abandoned.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:
– London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson
"Over the last decade the brigade has worked extremely hard alongside its partners in the police and local councils to make it more difficult than ever for mindless vandals to endanger the lives of Londoners by setting fire to rubbish and vehicles left in our streets."
Kensington and Chelsea has seen the biggest fall in arson attacks.
– Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
"Our twice-weekly domestic rubbish collections and regular street cleaning helps remove the materials that people can use to start fires, as does the work our officers do in spotting potential problems and reporting them."
House providers are being urged to fit their properties with sprinklers in order to protect vulnerable residents in the event of a fire.
With more than ten fires per week in London's care homes and sheltered accommodation, installing sprinklers can save lives, according to the London Fire Brigade.
Assistant Commissioner Steve Turek said: " We are especially concerned about those people who are most at risk of fire such as those with mobility or mental health problems or people with dementia who may not know how to react, or be able to react quickly enough, if they hear a smoke alarm".
The London Fire Brigade has announced a £100k competition to encourage more housing providers to install sprinklers in homes where vulnerable Londoners can be at most risk from fire.
The body of a man was discovered following a fire in Leyton overnight. Emergency services were called to a disused sports pavilion on Villiers Close just before midnight. His death is being treated by police as 'unexplained' while enquiries continue.
Six London boroughs have experience over a 70 per cent fall in the number of fires in the last 10 years.
London Fire Brigade revealed that the number of fires in the capital had fallen to the lowest levels since records began.
- Barking and Dagenham – 79%, 631 fires in 2012/13 compared to 2,953 in 2003/4
- Greenwich – 78%, 712 fires in 2012/13 compared to 3,254 in 2003/4
- Havering – 76%, 504 fires in 2012/13 compared to 2,096 in 2003/4
- Bexley – 73%, 528 in 2012/13 compared to 1,972 in 2003/4
- Hounslow – 71%, 614 in 2012/13 compared to 2,113 in 2003/4
- Newham – 71%, 855 in 2012/13 compared to 2,982 in 2003/4
The large fall in the number of fires in London over the past year was down to targeted prevention work, the Fire Brigade service have said.
A report last year estimated that 5,000 fires had been prevented by firefighters carrying out home fire safety visits, with vulnerable people being 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a visit.
“This dramatic drop is down to our fantastic targeted prevention work aimed at those most at risk whether that be visiting vulnerable people in their homes or finding engaging ways to spread our messages through social media,” Ron Dobson, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, said,
“Despite the capital’s growing population, Londoners are less likely than ever before to have a fire and people are much safer as a result.
The number of fires in London have fallen to their lowest level since records began.
Figures from the London Fire Brigade reveal they have dropped by a quarter in the last year and by 64 per cent over the last decade.
The figures show that last year, the number of fires in London fell to 20,328, or around 56 each day.
In 2003/4 there were 57,250, around 157 fires every day.
Six London boroughs have seen a decrease of over 70 per cent in the last ten years including Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Havering, Bexley, Hounslow and Newham.
Gaz Diggens Boris is has no idea and is out of touch. All those people voted him in, this is what you get.
Johnny Higgins Cuts cuts cuts ! How about politicians take a cut in their salaries?
The London fire stations closing today are:
@itvlondon good to try and cut on spending but is the response time really as fast with 10 less firehouses? Shouldn't it be safety first?
@itvlondon if these cuts to fire stations and police station front counters make so much sense why didn't Boris put them in his manifesto?