Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service have speen £100,000 on dealing with arson for each of the last five years a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The figure is mostly made up of the crew and fuel costs of attending the fires.
The Swindon Advertiser report:
DEALING with arson attacks has cost Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service £500,000 in the past five financial years – but the number of incidents and the cost of dealing with them have reduced year-on-year.
The service estimates that it spent £493,872.69 – mostly crew and fuel costs – on tackling 4,046 deliberate fires during the period. This does not include costs incurred by owners and insurance companies.
But the data, released to the Adver after a Freedom of Information request, shows that the numbers are consistently falling, from £110,434.99 spent on 1,010 attacks in 2007/8 to £70,081.23 spent on 623 attacks in 2011/12.