Zero deaths from house fires in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Zero fire deaths have been recorded by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. This is from fires in people’s houses and homes (dwellings) from April 2020 to April 2021.

This is especially encouraging news as the vast majority of people have been required to spend more time at home for work and social purposes due to the pandemic.

Over the past 12-months Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service staff and firefighters have dealt with 501 accidental dwelling fires across Tyne and Wear. Out of those incidents zero fatalities have been recorded.

From the Fire Officer

Peter Heath, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“I am extremely happy that there have been zero fire related deaths in homes across our service area in the past year. However, we are never complacent about the need for safety in the home and education and advice are key to supporting that.

“Every single member of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service works hard in preventing fires, educating and raising awareness of safety in the home. There is also a first class response to emergencies when unfortunately a fire does occur.

“Our free safe and well visits to people’s homes provide a valuable opportunity for home occupiers to have Fire and Rescue Service staff attend their home and give advice regarding safety and wellbeing around the home, with a focus on fire safety.

“We live in a part of the world with a population of well over one-million people and to have zero fire fatalities in people’s homes over a one-year period is incredible. We achieved this during the grips of a pandemic when most people’s homes were also their office and workplace.

“The Service would like to thank everybody for being extra careful and to continue to increase their fire prevention methods, whether it’s doing regular smoke alarm checks, having an escape plan ready to set in motion or being careful when cooking in your kitchen.  Please continue to stay safe.”

Further information

If you feel you might benefit from a safe and well visit or telephone discussion with TWFRS staff please fill in the appropriate form on the Fire Service website alternatively please call (0191) 444 1500.

For further information about Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service please visit www.twfire.gov.uk

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