THE NUMBER of incidents Hereford and Worcester Firefighters have been called to in the last 12 months has been the lowest yearly figure since records began.
Statistics released by HWFRS show 6,112 incidents were recorded last year which makes a 25 per cent decrease in call outs since 2010 to 2011. The service now responds to 3,000 fewer cases than they did ten years ago.
Despite increases in wet weather related calls the number of rescues from vehicles and water also decreased.
The number of fires the service has attended has decreased by 30 per cent in the last five years and burn and smoke related injuries to members of the public have also reduced.
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said excellent progress had been made in the last year and he was extremely proud of his committed staff who worked tirelessly to protect and serve the people living in the two counties.
“The service can proudly say that, through the extensive preventative work that we undertake, we have stopped buildings from burning and prevented people from being injured.”
But, he added, the service would not be complacent and strive to continue to improve the safety of its local communities.