The latest finalised fire statistics for England covering the 12-month period up to 31 December 2007 continue to show a fall in the total number of fires - down 14 per cent on the previous 12 month period.
Fire Statistics United Kingdom is published annually by Communities and Local Government and provides detailed finalised figures on fires, fire deaths and injuries, and false alarm calls.
- The United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Services attended 804,000 fire and false alarm incidents in the year ending December 2007 - an 8% decrease on the previous 12 months. In England, 630,000 incidents were attended (a 9% decrease)
- Total fires fell by 12% to 385,000 for the UK and 14% in England (to 296,000)
- Total fire deaths for the UK decreased by 10%, in line with the long term downward trend to 443, of which 267 were accidental dwelling fire deaths
- In England there were 339 fire deaths, down by 15%, of which there were 200 accidental dwelling fire deaths
- Primary fires in the UK fell by 10% to 144,000. Within this, dwelling fires fell by 6% to 53,000 and fires in other buildings - including workplaces and areas where people gather - were down by 6% to 31,000. Road vehicle fires fell by 14% to 51,000
- Primary fires in England fell by 10% to 118,000. Within this, dwelling fires fell by 6% to 42,000 and fires in other buildings were down by 7% to 26,000. Road vehicle fires fell by 14% to 42,000
- UK secondary fires fell by 14% to 231,000, while in England they fell by 16% to 172,000
- Attendances to UK false alarms decreased by 4% to 419,000. Within this there was a 12% fall (to 30,000) in malicious false alarms and a 1% fall (to 271,000) in false alarms due to apparatus
- In England, attendances at false alarms decreased by 5% to 334,000. Within this there was a 14% fall (to 22,000) in malicious false alarms and a 6% fall (to 217,000) in false alarms due to apparatus.
Fire Statistics United Kingdom is available on the Communities and Local Government website. Also on the website are the latest quarterly statistical monitors, Fire Statistics Monitor, which contains summary statistics, trends and analysis on a quarterly basis.