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  • Release date: 28 February 2019
  • Period covered: 2017-18 and April to September 2018
Data on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms and Special Service Incidents (SSIs) attended.

April to September 2018

Release date: 28 February 2019

Key points

Fires
  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended 8,271 fires in this period, an increase of 25%.
  • There were 2,476 primary fires in Wales, an increase of 11%.
  • There were 5,709 secondary fires in Wales, an increase of 33%. Since a large proportion of secondary fires occur outside, they are likely to be influenced by weather conditions.
  • There were 3,330 grassland, woodland and crop fires in this period, an increase of 89%. More than half of these fires occurred in July 2019.
Casualties
  • There were 11 fire deaths in Wales, 5 more than reported in the same period in the previous year.
  • There were 97 injuries in this period, a decrease of 7%. A further 93 received first aid, were sent to a hospital for precautionary tests or were advised to seek medical advice. This equates to a decrease of 40%.
False alarms
  • There were 7,835 fire false alarms in Wales, 5% more than reported in the same period the previous year.
  • There were 189 malicious fire false alarms, 13% fewer than in the same period in the previous year.

Note

These provisional data refer to the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 and compare with the same period in the previous year.

2017-18

Release date: 21 August 2018

Key points

Fires
  • In 2017-18 the number of fires attended by Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities increased by 3% compared with the previous year. Since 2001-02 there has been a downward trend in the number of fires attended; the 2017-18 figure is 69% lower than in 2001-02.
  • The number of primary fires in Wales decreased by 9 per cent over the year from 4,757 in 2016-17 to 4,315 in 2017-18. Primary fires include all fires in non-derelict buildings and vehicles or in outdoor structures, or any fire involving casualties or rescues, or fires attended by five or more appliances.
  • In 2017-18 the number of secondary fires rose by 13% compared with 2016-17, and grassland, woodland and crop fires rose by 22% over the same period.
Casualties
  • There were 15 fatal casualties from fires in Wales in 2017-18.
  • The number of non-fatal casualties was 526 in 2017-18, a decrease of 15% compared with 2016-17. This decrease was largely due to a fall of 24% in those people receiving first aid or sent for precautionary checks.
False alarms
  • In 2017-18 there were 14,161 false fire alarms in Wales, down from 14,790 in 2016-17, a decrease of 4%.
  • The number of malicious false fire alarms decreased from 441 in 2016-17 to 419 in 2017-18.
Special Service Incidents (SSIs)
  • Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales attended 11,583 SSIs (including false alarms) in 2017-18, a 1% decrease on 2016-17.
Smoke alarms
  • In 3 in 10 dwelling fires in Wales in 2017-18, no smoke alarm was installed.
Cause of fires
  • In 2017-18 the largest single cause of accidental dwelling fires was misuse of equipment or appliances, equating to 32%. This has consistently been the main cause of accidental dwelling fires since 2001-02.
Response times
  • In 2017-18, 63% of primary fires and 71% of dwelling fires in Wales were attended within 10 minutes.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales data are published biannually and a report will be published annually.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 6699
Email: stats.inclusion@gov.wales

Media
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