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UAE fire accidents reduce by 41% in H1 2017

928 fire incidents were handled by civil defence centres across the country in H1 2017, a senior official confirmed

UAE recorded a drop in fire accidents during H1 2017 [representational image].
UAE recorded a drop in fire accidents during H1 2017 [representational image].

Fire accidents in the UAE recorded a 41% drop during the first half of 2017 compared to targets set as part of the General Command of the Civil Defense's (GCCD) 2017-2021 strategy, an official confirmed. 

Maj Gen Al Marzouki, the General Commander of the Civil Defense, said 928 fires were handled by civil defence centres across the country in H1 2017. 

These accidents caused 115 injuries and 12 deaths, a 47% and 8% decrease respectively in expected numbers for 2017-2021. 

Home fires accounted for 61% of incidents recorded across the UAE. 

Of those, 87% were recorded as slight accidents, GCCD statistics showed. 

According to WAM, Al Mazrouki said the overall H1 2017 drop was achieved due to factors such as timely response to fire incidents, adoption of modern fire prevention technology, skilled firefighters, and public awareness campaigns about fire risks. 

  

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