National Statistics

Fire statistics monitor: April 2009 to March 2010

Statistics on fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England.

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Fire statistics monitor: April 2009 to March 2010

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 1 and 2

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 3a to g

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 4a to d

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 5a to d

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 6a to d

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: tables 7a to c

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Fire statistics monitor April 2009 to March 2010: population table

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Detail

The latest national statistics on fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by the fire and rescue services in England, produced by Communities and Local Government, were released on Friday 20 August 2010 under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics in this release focus on April 2009 to March 2010. The main points of the data are summarised below.

Fatal and non-fatal casualties

  • between April 2009 and March 2010 there were 328 fatalities; 5 (1.5%) more than in 2008 to 2009
  • accidental dwelling fires fatalities, which account for almost 2/3 of all fire fatalities, were up by one from 209 in 2008 to 2009 to 210 to 2009 to 2010
  • in 2009 to 2010, the number of non-fatal casualties from fires fell by 8% to 8,500 from 9,200 in 2008 to 2009

Fire incident types

  • in England the fire and rescue services attended 527,000 fire and false alarm incidents in 2009 to 2010, 6% fewer than in 2008 to 2009
  • total fires fell by 3% to 242,000
  • dwelling fires were unchanged at 39,000 and fires in other buildings were down by 1% to 22,000; road vehicle fires fell by 12% to 32,000
  • attendances at false alarms decreased by 9% to 285,000; within this there was a 27% fall (to 17,000) in malicious false alarms and a 7% fall (to 193,000) in false alarms due to apparatus
  • fire and rescue services attended 143,000 non-fire incidents in 2009 to 2010, down 8% from 2008 to 2009; the largest categories were: road traffic collisions (24%), lift release (14%), effecting entry (11%), and water removal (11%)