Statistics on fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England.
The latest national statistics on fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by the fire and rescue services in England, produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government, were released on Friday 24 June 2011 under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.
Statistics in this release focus on April 2010 to March 2011. The main points of the data are summarised below.
Fatal and non-fatal casualties
- between April 2010 and March 2011 there were 321 fire fatalities; 15 (4%) fewer than in 2009 to 2010
- accidental dwelling fires fatalities, which account for 2/3 of all fire fatalities, were down by one from 213 in 2009 to 2010 to 212 in 2010 to 2011
- in 2010 to 2011, the number of non-fatal casualties (excluding precautionary checks) from fires rose by 2% to 7,400 from 7,300 in 2009 to 2010
- in England, fire and rescue services attended 499,000 fire and false alarm incidents in 2010 to 2011, a 5% decrease on 2009 to 2010
- total fires fell by 6% to 227,000
- dwelling fires fell by 5% to 36,000, and fires in other buildings were down by 6% to 21,000; road vehicle fires fell by 16% to 28,000
- attendances at false alarms decreased by 5% to 272,000; within this, there was a 13% fall (to 11,000) in malicious false alarms and a 5% fall (to 185,000) in false alarms due to apparatus
- fire and rescue services attended 134,000 non-fire incidents in 2010 to 2011, down 6% from 2009 to 2010; the largest categories were: road traffic collisions (22%), water removal (12%), lift release (12%), and effecting entry (12%)