Fewer fires and rescues in Cape Town

2014-05-11 18:51
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Johannesburg - Fewer fires and other emergencies were reported in Cape Town between November and March this year, compared to the same period the previous year, the city said on Sunday.

"There was a near 25% reduction in the number of incidents reported to the city's fire and rescue service over the five-month period, during what is traditionally known as fire season," mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said in a statement.

In 2013, 16 994 incidents were reported and in 2014 it dropped to 12 937, a difference of 4 057. These included fires, car accidents, and mountain and sea rescues.

Vegetation and other fires dropped from 7 036 to 5 693 over the two periods.

"This is very good news, but we can't rest on our laurels. Historical data suggests that the trend can go up and down for no apparent reason."

Despite this Smith said the number of fire-related fatalities continued to be of grave concern.

"We have also started building on our staffing capacity through our reservist firefighter programme, but resources alone aren't going to keep people fire safe."

He said residents needed to do their bit to help and reduce the number of fires.

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