Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, year ending June 2018

This Q Note contains statistics about incidents attended by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018).

The statistics are sourced from the Home Office’s online Incident Recording System (IRS). This system allows FRSs to complete an incident form for every incident attended, be it a fire, a false alarm or a non-fire (also known as a Special Service) incident.

Key Facts

  • FRSs attended 556,884 incidents. This was a three per cent decrease compared with the previous year (576,545). The total number of incidents was on a downward trend for around a decade, though they have increased in recent years mainly driven by increases in non-fire incidents attended. The small decrease this year was predominantly driven by a decrease in fires attended.
  • FRSs attended 159,685 fires. This was a nine per cent decrease compared with the previous year (176,054). The decrease in fires is driven by a fall in secondary fires with primary fires also showing a decrease.
  • FRSs attended 226,466 fire false alarms. This was a less than one per cent increase compared with the previous year (225,899).
  • FRSs attended 170,733 non-fire incidents. This was a two per cent decrease compared with the previous year (174,592). For around a decade, there had been a general decline in the number of non-fire incidents. However, recent years have shown large increases, largely due to a rise in medical incidents attended. The recent decreases in non-fire incidents are mainly due to a decline in emergency medical responding linked to many of the trials stopping in September 2017.
  • Of all incidents attended by FRSs, fires accounted for 29 per cent and non-fire incidents 31 per cent. The remaining 41 per cent were fire false alarms, which continued to be the largest incident type.
  • There were 247 fire-related fatalities compared with 344 (including 71 from the Grenfell Tower fire) in the previous year (a decrease of 28%).
  • There were 3,106 non-fatal casualties requiring hospital treatment in the year ending June 2018.

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