Fall in number of fires in Havering

The number of fires in Havering have more than halved to their lowest point in a decade, according to new figures.

The figures from the London Fire Brigade show that last year, the number of fires in the borough fell to 828, around two fires each day.

Chris Drew, the Brigade’s Borough Commander for Havering said: “These figures show that people in Havering are less likely to have a fire than ever before and local residents are far safer as a result.

“The London Fire Brigade has worked incredibly hard to make the borough safer. Using a sophisticated approach, it has targeted those people who are more likely to have a fire and provided them with potentially life saving advice and smoke alarms.”

Overall in London, the number of blazes has more than halved over the last decade and is now at its lowest point since the last time England won the World Cup.

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The figures show that in 2001 in Havering, there were 1,739 fires, around five blazes each day.

In Comparison, in 2011 there were 828 fires, around two fires a day, a 52 per cent drop.

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The number of house fires in the borough has also fallen, by 27 per cent, from 150 in 2001 to 109 in 2011.

Similarly, the figures show that the overall number of incidents firefighters in Havering attend has fallen by 29 per cent.

This includes call outs to things like road traffic collisions, false alarms and non-emergency calls such as to people stuck in lifts.

The total number of incidents attended by firefighters in the borough in 2011 was 2,464 - around seven a day.

This is compared to 3,487 in 2001 – a 29 per cent drop.

Chris said: “People in Havering are really benefitting from the hard work of our of firefighters. However, whilst the borough has become a safer place there is no room for complacency. Brigade chiefs are committed to keeping local residents even safer, not least by preventing fires from happening in the first place.”

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