A busy year for the Fire Ser­vice but fig­ures show a large drop in ma­li­cious prank calls

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

THE num­ber of prank calls be­ing made to the Fire Ser­vice in Kerry have dropped sharply, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures pub­lished by Kerry County Coun­cil.

This week the coun­cil pub­lished a full break down of all Kerry Fire Brigade Ser­vice call-outs be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber 2018.

The fig­ures show that in the pe­riod, the Fire Ser­vice re­sponded to five ‘ma­li­cious’ false alarm call­outs. That’s com­pared to 26 ma­li­cious false call outs in the same pe­riod in 2017.

In all, last year the ser­vice re­sponded to 132 false alarms, though the vast ma­jor­ity of them (127) were mis­tak­enly made with good in­ten­tions on the part of the call­ers.

Over the course of the 11 months, the Fire Ser­vice was mo­bilised 1,108 times and re­sponded to a to­tal of 940 sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

Of those, most in­volved fires, with the ser­vice re­spond­ing to 110 chim­ney fires; 197 gorse fires, up from 174; and 228 ‘other’ fires.

Among the other in­ci­dents the Fire Ser­vice was tasked to were 117 road traf­fic ac­ci­dents; 33 res­cues from un­spec­i­fied haz­ards; nine flood­ing in­ci­dents and two cases where peo­ple had to be res­cued from lakes, river or sea wa­ters.

In all the ser­vice re­sponded to 535 fires and 273 non-fire re­lated in­ci­dents as well as 132 ‘false alarm’ call-outs.

In terms of build­ing con­trol, the ser­vice re­ceived 142 ap­pli­ca­tions for fire safety cer­tifi­cates and 114 ap­pli­ca­tions for dis­abil­ity ac­cess certs.

A to­tal of 485 build­ing com­mence­ment no­tices were also for­warded to the ser­vice, an in­crease of 17 per cent on the same pe­riod in 2017, when 412 build­ing com­mence­ment no­tices were sent to the ser­vice.

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