Official Statistics

Fire incidents response times: England 2011 to 2012

Statistics on response times by fire and rescue services in England and severity of fires.

Documents

Fire incidents response times, England, 2011 to 2012

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Fire incidents response times, England, 2011 to 2012: tables

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Pre-release access list: Fire incidents response times

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Detail

This publication and accompanying data tables were released on Wednesday 4 July 2012 by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The publication focuses on trends in average response times in England.

Statistics in this release are the latest figures available for England and relate to periods up to 31 March 2012.

The key points are as follows:

Response times

  • in 2011 to 2012, the average response time to fires in dwellings was 7.2 minutes (10 seconds shorter than in 2010 to 2011) and 7.9 minutes to fires in other buildings (5 seconds shorter than in 2010 to 2011)
  • average response times in 2011 to 2012 were higher than in 2001 to 2002 by around 22% for dwelling fires and by around 29% for fires in other buildings

Severity of fires

  • on average, improvements in fire safety and prevention have greatly outweighed the effect of longer average response times
  • in 2011 to 2012, there were 54% fewer fire non-fatal casualties and 34% fewer fire fatalities than in 2001 to 2002
  • in 2011 to 2012, the average area of damage in dwelling fires was 20% lower than in 2001 to 2002