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Drop in arson and fire injuries

The number of people injured in fires in Norfolk has been reduced, a report has found.

The Audit Commission report into Norfolk Fire Service said fires in the county had dropped, and arson had fallen 8% in 2009 compared to 2008.

However the fire service was told its workforce should better represent the community it serves and aim to cut the number of calls to automated alarms.

Chief fire officer Richard Elliott said there was plenty to be positive about.

Mr Elliott added there were "a number of areas where the Commission believes there is room for improvement, which we welcome".

"We were already aware of the main issues identified in the report and they were already being addressed," said Mr Elliott.

The report said Norfolk Fire Service had "very good arrangements for dealing with the high volume of telephone calls it receives" and "is targeting its money at those areas where it can make the biggest impact".

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