This publication and accompanying data tables were released on Thursday 7 August 2014 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 2014.
The key points are:
- in England the average response time to fires in dwellings in 2013 to 2014 was 7.4 minutes, unchanged from 2012 to 2013 and 2009 to 2010
- the average response time to other building fires in 2013 to 2014 was 8.1 minutes; this is 18 seconds longer than in 2012 to 2013 and 12 seconds longer than in 2009 to 2010
- over the 10 years from 2003-04 to 2013-14, response time to both dwelling and other building fires increased by 1 minute and 27 seconds (23%) on average
- meanwhile the average severity of fires and numbers of casualties decreased due to implementation of fire safety and prevention policy