THE WORK of firefighters in Warwickshire over the past year included helping rescue 168 people trapped in vehicles following crashes.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) also saved 12 people from house fires and carried out 1,658 home fire safety checks.
They also visited more than 600 businesses to provide fire safety advice and spoke to over 10,000 pupils in schools across the county about staying safe from fire.
The statistics were all included in the service’s annual Outturn Report which helps highlight where improvements could be made to help make the county a safer place to live and travel in.
Warwickshire’s deputy chief fire officer, Gary Phillips, said: “Over the last few years, we have undergone a huge programme of change and despite this, we have continued to reduce the number of fires in homes across Warwickshire.
“Fires in non-domestic properties are down and people being killed or seriously injured on our roads remains low.
“However, we have seen a slight increase in arson related incidents and we will continue to focus resources on tackling this issue and work with police and other public service colleagues to keep them as low as possible.
“Overall, I am very proud of the great work the service has delivered to ensure Warwickshire remains a safe place to live and work.”
Warwickshire County Council safety spokesman Coun John Horner said the report allowed residents to see the measures being taken to help keep them safe.
He added: “It also highlights the fact the service is more than just a fire and rescue service, their work is far reaching into caring for the elderly and vulnerable, promoting good health and educating young people and residents on how to be safer in their homes and on the roads. ”
Visit http://apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/api/documents/WCCC-844-137 to view the full report.