By Jamieson Murphy Jan. 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m. Northern Daily Leader
LOCAL firefighters believe their safety messages might finally be getting through to residents, with a drop in the number of fire call-outs last year.
It’s in contrast to state figures for 2015, released this week, which show an increase in the number of accidental fire deaths (17) and house fires (4070), compared to the year before with 12 deaths and 3946 residential fires.
Tamworth FRNSW senior firefighter Rob Gander said locally the overall number of callouts for 2014 and 2015 were about the same, but there had been a slight drop in the number of fire-related incidents they attended.
“Last year, 18 per cent of our callouts were fire incidents, which is a slight drop from 2014, when 25 per cent of our callouts were fire-related,” he said.
“What that says to me is people are listening to our fire safety message and doing the right thing.”