Fire fatalities in region reach all-time low

THE number of fire fatalities in West Yorkshire has fallen to an all-time low.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has beaten the ambitious district-based targets it set itself for reducing fires and other emergencies.

In Calderdale, firefighters attended 2,541 incidents. This figure was two per cent better than the target set.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Craig McIntosh said: “Achievements in reducing risk has had an impact on the service’s headline performance: fewer fires result in fewer casualties and pleasingly 2011/12 saw the lowest number ever of five accidental domestic fire deaths.

“This is five more than we would like, as each represents a tragedy, but we are delivering lower numbers year on year and this demonstrates that our risk reduction work is making the people of West Yorkshire safer.”