Fire Stats 2016

Posted by: Home Secure | Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016


Home Office Fire Stats

April 2015 to March 2016

Key Findings

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