The latest figures show the number of fires in Wales, as well as casualties and fatalities from fires fell between 2007 and 2008.
Key figures include:
- The number of fires in Wales decreased by 9% between 2007 and 2008, from 7,800 to 7,100
- There were 19 fatal casualties from fires in 2008 compared with 26 in 2007
- The number of malicious false calls to the fire service in Wales fell 4% since 2007 to 1,460 in 2008
- In 38% of the 2,300 fires in dwellings in Wales, no smoke alarm was installed
- In 2008 most accidental fires were caused by misuse of equipment or faulty fuel supplies
The Minister said:
“I welcome these statistics which show a sizeable reduction in the number of fires in Wales, and crucially, fewer casualties and deaths from fires.
“These figures reflect the hard work, professionalism and bravery of our fire fighters. I must pay tribute to the Welsh Fire and Rescue Services who work tirelessly to protect the people of Wales.
“Although falling, the number of malicious false calls is still unacceptable. Hoax calls waste the precious time of our emergency services operators, tie up vital resources and risk the lives of people who urgently need help.
“These latest figures are encouraging, and I hope to see them continue to fall.”