Home Office Fire Stats
April 2015 to March 2016
There were 303 fire-related fatalities in England during 2015/16 – 39 more than in 2014/15
Fire and Rescue services attended around 528,7001 incidents in England during 2015/16, 7% higher than the previous year
FRSs attended roughly 214,100 fire false alarms in England during 2015/16
The number of malicious false alarms increased for the first time in 14 years (up by 2% on 2014/15) to around 6,900 in 2015/16.
In 2015/16 there were around 73,400 primary fires, accounting for 45% of all fires. Primary fires are the most dangerous type of fire as they harm people and property
The overall increase in primary fires was predominantly driven by an increase in deliberate fires
Dwelling fires (house) are the most common type of primary fire, accounting for 43% of primary fires in 2015/16 and almost a fifth of all fires
Although the overall increase in fires was largely driven by an increase in deliberate fires, the increase in fatalities was mainly due to fatalities from accidental fires
Of the 303 fire-related fatalities, the majority (246) of the fatalities were from accidental fires, up 35 from 2014/15
57 fire-related fatalities were from fires that were thought to be deliberate (4 more than 2014/15).
Looking at the longer-term trend in fire fatalities, despite the increase in 2015/16, the number of fatalities is 22% less than a decade ago, 46% less than two decades ago and 61% less than three decades ago
There were 7,644 non-fatal fire casualties in England during 2015/16, a 1% increase on 2014/15