THERE were 180 deaths and injuries due to fires in Wales over the last year, an annual report has revealed.
The Welsh Government report (Fire and Rescue Performance 2017-18) into the performance of the Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales also reveals that there has been a 2% rise in the number of house fires that the Fire and Rescue Authoritiy attended over the last year.
The total number of fires attended by crews of North Wales, Mid, West Wales and South Wales was 11,005.
The death and injury toll has seen a decrease in numbers of 8%. The number of false alarms have also seen a decrease of 3% compared with 2016-17.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) attended 13,777 incidents over the last year, a slight decrease from the previous year. 36% of the incidents were false alarms, 34% were non-RTC Special Service Incidents, 23% were fires and 7% were RTCs.
In February 2018, Chief Fire Officer for MAWWFRS Chris Davies had stated that any further budget cuts could result in possible closures of fire stations in Wales.
Davies, who was giving a presentation to Carmarthenshire County Council, claimed that the fire service had made all the efficiencies possible and that they were in ‘the rounds of cuts and service delivery’.
The fire service had received a big response from the public through a number of surveys. The public feedback showed that people were willing to pay more in order to maintain the high level the service that the authority provided.
Feedback also indicated that the service should consider collaborating with other organisations.
Speaking at the time, the Chief Fire Officer said: “We are all under extreme budget pressure and the role of the fire authority is to determine a safe budget for the effective running of fire service.
“Any cuts on the budget will have an impact on service delivery. We all need to be quite aware of the impact and changes that will occur if we don’t get a sustainable budget.”
Figures show that there has been no loss in service delivery despite a 20% budget cut with te Chief Fire Officer claiming that the speed, wait and response is the same of that 20 years ago.
In Carmarthenshire, the performances of the fire service were said to be ‘positive’.
It was said that the fire station in Llanelli was performing ‘extremely highly’ and Chris Davies stated that he was ‘more than happy’ with the staff and crew and how the station is performing.
The report can be found in full here.