“This is an incorrect and misleading picture. The latest figures show fire deaths across England were down 12% in 2011 to 2012 compared to the previous year and the number of people with a smoke alarm in their home is at a record high. Official figures also show deliberate fires have fallen in 2011 to 2012. The fire service remains a vital frontline service which the government is protecting.”
There were 116,000 deliberate fires attended by fire and rescue authorities in England in 2011-12. This is 1% lower than in 2010 to 2011 and 60% lower than 10 years ago.