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Report shows drop in people injured in fires in West Sussex
2:30pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
The number of people injured in fires has fallen in the past year.
In its annual report, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said there has also been a reduction in the number of house fires.
Between April 2011 and March 2012 accidental house fires across the county fell by 10% from 483 to 436 and people injured as a result of house fires fell by 20% from 51 to 41.
County Fire Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Max Hood, said: “The work we have been doing with our partners and local support agencies means that we are now even more effective at reaching those people most at risk.
“It’s really pleasing to see that work reflected in the fall in both accidental house fires and those injured as a result of a fire in their home.
“The challenge for us going forward is to maintain this high level of service in light of the increasingly tough financial climate we are operating in.
“The public can be confident that, as a team, we are fully committed to meeting that challenge.”
Christine Field, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for public protection, added: "What this report clearly demonstrates is the skill, dedication and determination of our fire and rescue service colleagues to continue to reduce the number of emergency incidents and their consequences.
"I would encourage people to take the time to read the report and learn about some of the excellent work being done.”