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7 People Died from Fire Incidents in Dorset and Wiltshire in One Year

 

New records reveal 7 deaths and 112 casualties from July 2017 to June 2018 in incidents attended by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Out of the 7 deaths, one died in a vehicle, another in a non-residential building and 5 died at home.

10 among the overall casualties were severe, while 54 needed hospital care for minor injuries.

247 casualties were recorded across England in one year.

The Fire Brigades Union blamed the result on cuts in funds.

Firefighter jobs have reduced by 20 percent since 2010. The downward trend of fire deaths have stopped as a result.

The union’s national official, Dave Green said, “The Government continues to bury its head in the sand with regard to its responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service. They have stripped it of central funding and then pushed the blame to local authorities.

“The reality is the service is in crisis. Firefighters don’t have time to give routine fire safety advice, to do safety inspections on premises and are having to cope with attending emergencies with fewer and fewer resources.”

In response, a Home Office spokesperson said: “The Government recognises the vital role firefighters continue to play in protecting communities.

“Over the past 10 years the total number of fire incidents in England has nearly halved – down 46%.”

The figures also showed the service’s achievements in the 2017-18 financial years.

They carried 7,268 hours worth of campaign on fire safety. They also provided safety checks for 11,783 home, concentrating on the elderly and disabled.

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