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Posted by John Lamb PM | on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 08:14  831

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service uses portal to cut the number of house fires

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) has cut the number of accidental house fires in the county by 11% with the help of a website that highlights homes most likely to catch alight.
The emergency service implemented a system called Pinpoint after the number of deaths in the area caused by fires in the home rose during 2008 and 2009. Pinpoint allows residents and community workers to fill in a short, online risk assessment form which Dorset FRS can analyse to identify homes most at risk and organise a home safety check.
Forms filled in online by doctors, social workers and household owners themselves are assigned a risk rating calculated by using historic incident and lifestyle data. Residents can download a home safety pack, while the most vulnerable are referred for a home safety check.
Dorset FRS has assessed over 3,000 households for fire risk through the new referrals website portal, which was launched in April. Over 1,350 of these assessments were classed as high or very high risk, resulting in home safety visits to help residents. 
"Changing the way in which Dorset FRS prevent fires from happening in the first place, and by investing in innovative community fire safety technology, the number of accidental dwelling fires across the county reduced by 11% last year," it now says.

Now the service will be working with neighbours Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and up to fifteen other public service providers to develop shared services using the data produced by Pinpoint.