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posted on 09 October 2016

A Growing Problem For The UK's Fire Service

by Felix Richter,

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

The UK's fire services are increasingly being asked to handle a new type of rescue.

This most certainly isn't a sterotypical rescue of a cat stuck up a tree. It is actually the phenomenon of bariatric rescues, a term describing rescues of severely obese people requiring specialist equipment. In 2012-13, 709 rescues of morbidly obese people took place in the UK and this increased to 944 in 2015-16. Fire services are conducting the most rescues in South Wales.

This chart shows fire services with the highest number of bariatric rescues in 2015-16.

Infographic: A growing problem for the UK's fire service | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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