1035 Property Fires – But It Is Getting Better!

The Fire Service Is one of those public protection services that we often only think about when we require them! They are without doubt a great asset to all of us. There are some really big changes coming in the way that the Fire Service will be overseen and delivered soon.

I wanted to get a feel for how we here in Wolverhampton and Wednesfield North have been served by our Fire Service over the last three years.

Wolverhampton Statistics

  • There have been 1035 property fires in Wolverhampton over the last three years (2015-2016-2017)
  • We have seen a 5.01% decrease in property fires in Wolverhampton from 2015-2016
  • Followed by a further fall in the year 2016-2017 of 1.76%
  • In three years there has been four tragic deaths from fires in the City, three disastrously in 2016 but the good news is that only 1 death occurred in 2017, a 66.67% decrease.
  • There have been 31 Injury’s  in the City of Wolverhampton from property fires in this three year period.
  • An increase of 18.18% from 2015 to 2016 during this period was disappointing to record.
  • But during 2016 to 2017 the injuries reduced from 13 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. This is a reduction of 46.15% in property fire injuries.

Wednesfield North – When we look closely at property fires in Wednesfield North we find that we have had 27 fires in total , with no injuries from fires in any of the three years (2015-2016-2017). With no deaths at all in in any of those years, the statistics have been kind to Wednesfield North.

Here are the statistics for you to see –

 

2015 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 359 9
Injuries from property fires 11 0
Deaths from property fires 0 0
2016 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 341 9
Injuries from property fires 13 0
Deaths from property fires 3 0
2017 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
     
Number of property fires 335 9
Injuries from property fires 7 0
Deaths from property fires 1 0

We do need to be forever alert to the dangers of fire, we need to ensure that our family’s  have smoke alarms fitted in their properties. That we teach young children the dangers of fire, and warn them of the consequences of playing with fire.

Your Local Councillor’s are however very pleased to see these statistics, but we want them to be even lower in 2018!

We are very fortunate that we have a Fire Service that is well trained and highly professional.

I know that they are under huge financial pressures because the Government has taken more money from them and are forcing further resource reductions from them for the coming financial year.

I know we value our Fire Service here in Wednesfield North, and I will be producing some further commentary during the course of 2018.

In the mean time please let me know your views on our Fire Service!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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