False alarms accounted for 40% of fire incidents in 2015/16
Of the 529,000 incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services in England last year, 40% (214,000) were false alarms, according to recently released Government figures.
The stats also show an increase in ‘non-fire incidents’ attended by crews, largely attributed to a spike in attending medical emergencies.
Deliberate fires accounted for 45% of all fires in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on 2014/15 figures. The statistics also show that there were 303 fire related fatalities and 7,661 casualties.
Topics covered in the release include the causes of fires, the use of smoke alarms, the seasonality and temporality of fires and other topics of interest to the fire statistics community. The Fire Statistics Monitor provides updates on key variables such as the number of incidents attended, fires attended, fire-related fatalities and casualties.
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