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INSPECTION OF HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS FIRE BRIGADE

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During 1995-96 the Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade responded to a total of 6,354 emergency calls, an increase of...
During 1995-96 the Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade responded to a total of 6,354 emergency calls, an increase of 20.5 per cent on the previous year which reflects a 49.3 per cent rise in emergency calls in the last decade.

These facts were included in the inspection report of HM Inspectorate of Fire Services.

Commenting on the report Neil Morrison, HM chief inspector of Fire Services said:

'The increase of 20.5 per cent in emergency calls in 1995-96 compared to 1994-95 was also reflected in the sharp increase of 26.6 per cent in fire incidents handled by the Brigade on the previous year.

'While the number of fires, secondary fires ie outdoor fires, and chimney fires all increased over last year it is pleasing to note that the number of fire fatalities decreased by three to four all of which occurred outwith dwellings or other buildings.

'It is also pleasing to note that while the number of false alarms increased by 8.8 per cent in 1995-96 malicious false alarm calls decreased by 20.0 per cent in 1994-95.'

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