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.
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:
Media enquiries: 020 7035 3535
Public enquiries: 020 7035 5022