Collection

Fire statistics

The Home Office collects detailed information on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services.

This information covers fires, false alarms and other incidents attended by firecrews, and the statistics include the numbers of incidents, fires, fatalities and casualties as well as information on response times to fires. The Home Office also collect information on the workforce, fire prevention work, health and safety and firefighter pensions.

Data is collected by Fire and Rescue Services filling out a form through the Incident Recording System (IRS), after attending an incident etc. Further information is in the IRS manual.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated the Fire Statistics Monitor and Fire Statistics England as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics meet identified user needs, are well explained and readily accessible, are produced according to sound methods and managed impartially and objectively in the public interest. The most recent assessment of fire statistics was published in June 2012 and can be found at UK Statistics Authority Fire Statistics.

The names of individuals who are given access to the publications and statistics produced below up to 24 hours prior to their release are contained in the pre-release access lists. These lists can be found alongside the publication document for each individual release.

The Home Office has responsibility for fire services in England. The vast majority of statistics produced by the Home Office are for England but some, clearly marked, tables are for Great Britain split by nation. In the past the Department for Communities and Local Government (who previously had responsibility for fire services in England) produced releases and tables for Great Britain and at times the UK. Similar information for devolved administrations are available at Scotland: Fire and Rescue Statistics, Wales: Community safety and Northern Ireland: Fire and Rescue Statistics.

Contact us

Feedback on these statistics is welcomed, and can be provided by completing this short feedback form. If you wish to contact the Fire Statistics Team directly please do so at:

Email: FireStatistics@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Media enquiries: 020 7035 3535
Public enquiries: 020 7035 5022

Fire and rescue incident statistics: latest version

Statistics on trends in fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England; updated half yearly.

The ‘Fire statistics monitor’ collection has been renamed to ‘Fire and rescue incident statistics’.

Previous Fire statistics monitor releases.

Detailed analysis of fires attended by fire and rescue services in England: latest version

Detailed statistics on fires, casualties and false alarms attended by fire and rescue services across England; including analyses of the causes of fires and smoke alarms ownership and operation.

Previous Fire Statistics England releases.

Detailed analysis of non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services, England: latest version

Detailed statistics on non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services across England, including analysis on overall trends, fatalities and non-fatal casualties, medical incidents, road traffic collisions and non-fire false alarms.

Fire and rescue workforce and pensions statistics: latest version

Fire prevention and protection statistics: latest version

Fire incidents response times: latest version

Statistics on trends in average response times in England.

Previous Fire incidents response times releases.

Firefighters' pension scheme statistics: latest version

Income and expenditure information for firefighters’ pension funds in England.

Previous Firefighters’ pension scheme statistics releases.

Fires in purpose-built flats, England

This ad hoc statistical release covers fires, casualties and fatalities in dwelling fires attended by Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) in England, including specific data on purpose-built flats. It also provides information on fire safety audits carried out by FRSs.

English housing survey: fire and fire safety report: latest version

Report focusing on the extent to which the existence of fire and fire safety features vary by household and dwelling type.

Fire statistics data tables

  1. Fire statistics data tables

    • Statistical data set
Published 29 June 2016
Last updated 10 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, year ending December 2017'.
  2. Added 'Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, October 2016 to September 2017'.
  3. Added 'Detailed analysis of non-fire incidents, England, April 2016 to March 2017' and 'Response times to fires attended by fire and rescue services: England, April 2016 to March 2017'.
  4. Added 'Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, July 2016 to June 2017'.
  5. Added 'Fire and rescue workforce and pensions statistics', 'Fire prevention and protection statistics', 'Fire and rescue workforce and pensions statistics: England April 2016 to March 2017' and 'Fire prevention and protection statistics, England, April 2016 to March 2017'.
  6. The collection 'Fire statistics England' has been renamed to 'Detailed analysis of fires attended by fire and rescue services in England'.
  7. Added 'Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, April 2016 to March 2017'.
  8. Added 'Fires in purpose-built flats, England, April 2009 to March 2017'.
  9. Updated 'Fire Statistics: England April 2015 to March 2016'.
  10. Added 'Fire statistics monitor: April to September 2016'.
  11. Added 'Fire Statistics: England April 2015 to March 2016'.
  12. Added 'Fire incident response times: April 2015 to March 2016, England'.
  13. Added 'Fire and rescue authorities: operational statistics bulletin for England 2015 to 2016'.
  14. Added 'Firefighters’ pensions statistics: Financial and scheme membership data on the firefighters’ pension schemes in England'.
  15. Added ‘Fire statistics monitor: April 2015 to March 2016’.
  16. First published.