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 28 January 2011 under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.
Statistics in this release focus on April to September 2010. The main points of the data are summarised below.
Fatal and non-fatal casualties
- in the 6 months from April to September 2010 there were 140 fatalities, 19 (12%) fewer than in April to September 2009
- accidental dwelling fires fatalities, which account for almost 2/3 of all fire fatalities, were down by 10 from 98 in April to September 2009 to 88 in April to September 2010
- in the 6 months from April to September 2010, there were 4,300 non-fatal casualties from fires 3% higher than in April to September 2009, though 33% lower than in April to September 2000
Fire incident types
- in England, fire and rescue services attended 289,000 fire and false alarm incidents in the 6 months from April to September 2010, a 6% decrease on April to September 2009
- total fires fell by 3% to 136,000
- dwelling fires were unchanged at 19,000, and fires in other buildings were down by 6% to 29,000; road vehicle fires fell by 16% to 15,000
- attendances at false alarms decreased by 8% to 137,000; wthin this, there was a 19% fall (to 5,500) in malicious false alarms and a 7% fall (to 92,000) in false alarms due to apparatus
- fire and rescue services attended 66,000 non-fire incidents in 2009 to 2010, down 9% from April to September 2009; the largest categories were: road traffic collisions (22%), lift release (13%), effecting entry (13%), and water removal (9%)