Reduction in number of false fire alarm calls

New Headquarters: Sean Frayne, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, addresses the special guests at the opening of the new Buxton Fire and Rescue Centre, Staden Lane Industrial Estate, Buxton.
New Headquarters: Sean Frayne, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, addresses the special guests at the opening of the new Buxton Fire and Rescue Centre, Staden Lane Industrial Estate, Buxton.

The fire service is celebrating after reducing the number of false fire alarm callouts.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has reduced the number of false callouts by 38 per cent over the last three years.

Each false alarm attended has a significant cost to the service, causes disruption to businesses and a risk to the community by diverting essential emergency services away from real emergencies.

False alarms cause disruption to key fire service activities such as arson reduction, community safety prevention initiatives and firefighter training.

Chief Fire Officer Sean Frayne said: “I am delighted with the positive work that has been carried out by the service which has enabled us to achieve this reduction in false alarms.

“Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to undertake proactive initiatives to further reduce this figure, ensuring our firefighters and fire engines are available for real emergencies and are not tied up at false alarms.”