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INSPECTION OF CENTRAL SCOTLAND FIRE BRIGADE

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During 1995-96 the total number of emergency calls attended by the brigade was 5,928, a substantial increase of 23....
During 1995-96 the total number of emergency calls attended by the brigade was 5,928, a substantial increase of 23.0 per cent on the previous year's record high, according to a report published today.

Publishing his intermediate inspection report on central Scotland fire brigade, Neil Morrison, HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services, said that while the number of emergency calls attended reached another record high, only two people died in fires attended by the Brigade, two less than the previous year.

Mr Morrison said: 'While it has been a very busy year for the Brigade, I am encouraged that the small number of fatalities decreased in 1995-96.

'The substantial rise in the number of emergency calls to an all-time high was due to the increase in Special Service incidents caused, in general, by localised flooding.

'Both the fatalities occurred within separate domestic property fires and while, as I have said, that I am encouraged by this low number, two fire deaths are still two deaths too many, and I would again like to stress the need to install and maintain smoke alarms which may prevent such deaths occurring.'
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