five more than the previous year and an unwelcome increase on last
year's lowest figure for 14 years. This fact was included in the
inspection report of HM Inspectorate of Fire Services which was
Commenting on the report Neil Morrison, HM chief inspector of fire services said:
'It is disappointing to report that while the number of fire
incidents attended by Fife Fire and Rescue Service decreased by
12.3 per cent to 3,195 from the previous year, fire fatalities rose from five to nine. It is also disappointing to note that of the seven domestic fire incidents that claimed seven lives, three dwellings did not have a smoke alarm fitted and of the other four homes three had defective batteries; this despite the continued good efforts of the service to educate the public to the dangers of fire and the need to install and just as importantly maintain a smoke alarm. On a more positive note it is pleasing to report that the number of malicious false alarm calls again decreased in 1996-97 continuing the welcome reduction from the peak figure in 1992.'