The number of fire incidents and false alarms in Hyndburn has dropped by over a third over the last 12 months, new figures reveal.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the ‘exceptional performance’ by borough fire crews and fire prevention teams has seen an ‘impressive reduction’ in incidents since 2013/14.
All 16 council wards across Hyndburn showed drops of between four and 20 per cent in secondary fires - those which happen outdoors including grassland and refuse - except the Altham and Central wards, which both showed slight rises.
The number of deliberate secondary fire incidents fell from 314 to 198 with the biggest drop occurring between April and August - the peak months of the year.
Dave Russel, assistant chief officer and director of service delivery, said the figures confirm that their ‘prevention strategies are working’ and is ‘not a one-off success’.
The fire and rescue service said over the last 12 months officers have continued to deliver fire prevention messages in schools and used home fire safety checks and business contacts to identify and report potential targets for arson, including dumped rubbish, and shortfalls in site security.