Primary fires are the most serious type of fire. Reductions in primary fires can be attributed to targeted fire prevention and protection work.
Primary fires between 2012/13 and 2013/14 have reduced by 7%. Fire fatalities between 2012/13 and 2013/14 increased from 6 to 13 and Fire Casualties reduced from 211 in 2012/13 to 192 in 2013/14.
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We work, in partnership with other agencies, to try to reduce the number of arson incidents across West Yorkshire.
Primary deliberate fires have reduced by 8.24% between 2012/13 and 2013/14 and secondary deliberate fires have increased by 26.95%.
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Preventative work carried out by the service can be quantified by a reduction of occurrences of accidental dwelling fires (ADF).
Accidental dwelling fires have decreased by 6.12% between 2012/13 and 2013/14 and injuries arising from these accidental dwelling fires have decreased by 9.26%. However the number of deaths increased from 4 to 11.
Regular fire prevention campaigns and home fire safety checks have promoted the use and maintenance of smoke alarms in dwellings. In 2013-14, smoke alarms activated in 54.03% of dwelling fires; which is a increase on the 53.88% during 2012-13, and a huge improvement on 27.90% during 2004-05.
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In 2013/14 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) received 549 hoax calls, which is a 24.28% decrease on the previous year’s total. 369 of these calls (67.21%) were identified as hoax calls by our control staff, who therefore did not mobilise resources. This is part of our initiative to ‘challenge’ callers where there is a suspicion that they may be making a hoax call. However, the remaining 180 hoax calls did result in our attendance.
Another type of false alarm results from alarms raised by automatic fire detection equipment. In 2013/14 we received 3482 such alarms from non-domestic premises which is an decrease on the previous year of 7.12%. This builds on the overall reduction of 42% which we have seen since the introduction of call challenging in December 2011.
To further reduce the instances of false alarms within non-domestic premises, WYFRS introduced a charging policy for persistent false alarms on 1 April 2014. The pilot which will run for 18 months seeks to encourage those responsible for fire alarms to manage them appropriately and reduce the number of false alarms we attend. For those who continue to generate persistent false alarms that result in the attendance of WYFRS a charge of £350 is issued.
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During the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) received 303 compliments and 70 complaints.
The number of compliments indicates that the service provided by WYFRS to its local communities continues to meet and, at times, exceed the public's expectations of our performance.
The reports below provide details of compliments and complaints for each of the periods 2009/10 to 2013/14.