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Fire Statistics Monitor Quarter 1: 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009

Published 4 December 2009
Type(s) Statistics
Site Corporate
Product code 9RSPA06180
ISBN 9781409820833
Price Free

Summary

The latest National Statistics on fires, casualties and false alarms attended by the Fire and Rescue Services in the United Kingdom, produced by Communities and Local Government, were released on Friday 4 December 2009 under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics in this release include figures for the period up to 31 March 2009. Percentage changes below compare 2008-09 figures, which are provisional, to 2007-08.

The key points are:

  • The United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Services attended 722,000 fire and false alarm incidents in 2008/09¬†- a 10 per cent decrease on 2007/08. In England, 562,000 incidents were attended (also a 10 per cent decrease).
  • Total fires fell by 15 per cent to 325,000 for the UK and by 15 per cent in England (to 249,000).
  • Total fire deaths for the UK decreased by 10 per cent to 430. Within this, 287 deaths were in accidental dwelling fires (5 per cent lower than in 2007-08).
  • In England there were 333 fire deaths (6 per cent lower than in 2007-08), of which 217 were accidental dwelling fire deaths (1 per cent lower than in 2007-08).
  • Primary fires in the UK fell by 9 per cent to 128,000. Within this, dwelling fires fell by 6 per cent to 49,000 and fires in other buildings¬†- including workplaces and areas where people gather - were down by 11 per cent to 27,000. Road vehicle fires fell by 12 per cent to 44,000.
  • Primary fires in England fell by 10 per cent to 104,000. Within this, dwelling fires fell by 7 per cent to 39,000 and fires in other buildings were down by 10 per cent to 22,000. Road vehicle fires fell by 12 per cent to 36,000.
  • UK secondary fires fell by 20 per cent to 185,000, as with England, where they also fell by 21 per cent to 137,000.
  • Attendances to UK false alarms decreased by 5 per cent to 396,000. Within this there was a 19 per cent fall (to 23,000) in malicious false alarms and a 2 per cent fall (to 264,000) in false alarms due to apparatus.
  • In England, attendances at false alarms decreased by 6 per cent to 313,000. Within this there was a 21 per cent fall (to 17,000) in malicious false alarms and a 4 per cent fall (to 207,000) in false alarms due to apparatus.

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