The number of emergency calls to firefighters reporting unintentional injuries on the North Coast has seen a spike in recent months.

Latest statistics have been revealed for the area from Scottish Fire and Rescue, showing a noticeable increase in calls in relation to unintended harm or injury.

The North Ayrshire area includes Largs, Fairlie, Millport, Skelmorlie and West Kilbride.

The performance report takes in the dates from April 1 to June 30 show that there were TEN incidents involving unintended harm or injury, the only district in North Ayrshire to hit double figures, with Garnock Valley only seeing two incients in comparison.

During the same period, there were a total of three accidental house fires, eight deliberate fire settings, and ten unwanted fire alarms/signals, in the North Coast area.

According to the North Ayrshire statistics as a whole, 35 per cent of the the unintentional injury incidents came from road accidents, while 39 per cent came when assisting other agencies. Nine per cent were water rescues, and 17 per cent came under other incidents.

The extent of the harm saw three fatalities in North Ayrshire, and eight serious injuries requiring hospital treatment.

The statistics appear in the Local Fire and Rescue Service Plan, which has been presented to councillors at North Ayrshire Council's police and fire committee.

Area Commander of Scottish Fire and Rescue, Ian McMeekin said: "The plan has been developed to set out the priorities and objectives within North Ayrshire and allows our partners to scrutinise the performance outcomes of these priorities.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners in North Ayrshire to ensure we are all “Working Together for a Safer Scotland” through targeting risks to our communities at a local level.

"Through effective and co-ordintated partnership working we will seek to deliver continuous improvement in our performance and effective service delivery in our area of operations."

The Local Fire and Rescue Plan for North Ayrshire identified areas for reduction and is subject to regular monitoring and reporting through the police and fire and rescue committee.