Fire Deaths in Britain Prompts Claims of Postcode Lottery
Over the last 20 years, there has been a large increase in people dying in fire-related incidents in Britain. It has become increasingly important to install fire protection systems, from providers like TPT Fire to minimise the risk. A data that was recently published revealed that 303 people died in fires between 2015 and 2016. This is a 15% increase from the previous 12 months. As for who had the highest fatality rates, that would be fire services in Cambridgeshire and Cumbria. A fire service Minster, stated that there was a downward trend in fire deaths. Figures show that fire services across the country attended to around 160,000 between 2015 and 2016 and that is an increase of 7,000 from the previous 12 months. Fire services recorded just over 300 fire-related deaths, which is about 39 more than the previous year. Over the last 30 years, fire-related deaths across England have been decreasing and fatalities related to fire incidents were 22% lower than they were between 2005 and 2006. It was reported that the increase in deaths is because of how many accidental fires are taking place in homes across the country. That, as well as the number of fire fatalities that involve aircraft. In 2015, the Shoreham airshow disaster left 11 dead as a result of a fire-related incident. There were a number of geographical variations in the rate for serious fires within a domestic setting, which are also known as primary home fires. Last year, the highest fatality rate was in found in Cumbria and Cambridgeshire. When compared to England, where the average deaths per thousand home fires was seven, Cumbria and Cambridgeshire's rates were 25 deaths for every 1,000 home fires. The Secretary of the Cambridge Fire Brigade's Union, mentioned that these figures were heartbreaking and said that they have a postcode lottery. He added that some of the highest cuts in the country was dealt to Cambridgeshire and many firefighters were lost. He continued to say that the government's budget cuts are directly resulting in people losing their lives. A spokesperson with the Fire and Rescue Service in Cambridgeshire said no correlation can be made in regards to cuts impacting those who are on the front-line service. The spokesperson added that on a year to year basis, the number of fire-related deaths do fluctuate. However, there is something positive that the spokesperson pointed out, which is their area ranks in the top five of places with the least number of home fires. Over the previous decade, the number of firefighters in England fell by almost 15%, but the time it takes to respond to emergency calls have increased over the last six years. This was according to data, gathered in 2015. However, these claims were refuted and pointed out that cuts in funding are not tied to the rise in fire-related deaths. The Minister for Policing and the Fire Service also discussed the issue and he said it was a tragedy for anyone to die in a fire. He said that for many years there was a downward trend in fires and fire deaths. He pointed out that recently the rates had, in fact, reached historically low levels.