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 Wednesday 4 July under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.
Statistics in this release focus on the period of 1 April to 2011 to 31 March 2012. The main points of the data are summarised below.
Fatal and non-fatal casualties
- in 2011 to 2012 there were 304 fire fatalities, 27 fewer than in 2010 to 2011
- accidental dwelling fires fatalities, which account for 3/5 of all fire fatalities, were down by 26 from 213 in 2010 to 2011 to 187 in 2011 to 2012
- there were 4,277 non-fatal fire casualties (excluding first aid cases and where only a precautionary checks was recommended), 2% lower than in 2010 to 2011
- in England, fire and rescue services attended 223,000 fires, 2% lower than in 2010 to 2011
- dwelling fires were 4% lower at 35,000, and fires in other buildings were down by 2% to 20,000; road vehicle fires fell by 14% to 24,000
- attendances at fire false alarms decreased by 9% to 249,000; more than 2/3 of these were due to apparatus, while 4% were malicious false alarms
- fire and rescue services attended 133,000 non-fire incidents in 2011 to 2012, down 9% from 2010 to 2011; the most common categories of non-fire incidents were: road traffic collisions (21%), effecting entry (11%), lift releases (11%), flooding (9%) and medical incidents (9%)