Latest Stats Show Firefighters Spent More Time Dealing With Effects Of Water

Our islands’ firefighters spent more time dealing with the effects of water on genuine callouts than fire in the last financial year.

There were a total of 26 incidents over the period, compared to 17 in the year before that and 21 from 2008 to 2009.

Seven of those were false alarms caused by controlled burning or faults on alarm systems.

Flash flooding in August resulted in 3 calls outs including pumping out at Buzza Street, the Telegraph Road and Ennor Close.

There were also flooding callouts in October to Rams Valley.

A boat was pumped out at New Grimsby in June last year and there was a boat fire tackled at St Marys Harbour.

Land-based blazes included the arson in Sally Port in October and later that month there was a chimney fire at Jackson Hill.

Under the Home Fire Safety Check initiative, 671 homes have been visited and risk assessed and 342 smoke alarms have been fitted.

Councillors have heard that 6 of our fire crew have undergone training at a specialised centre in Teeside and have gained results of between 92 and 100%, said to be above the average.