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Fire and Rescue Incident Statistics: England, Year Ending March 2021

This document sets out statistics on fires, casualties, false alarms and non-fire incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England.

Key results

FRSs attended 518,263 incidents in the year ending March 2021. This was a seven per cent decrease compared with the previous year (558,013). Of these incidents, there were 151,086 fires. This was a two per cent decrease compared with the previous year (154,180).

The decrease in incidents attended this year compared with last year was driven by decreases in all three main incident types (fires, non-fire incidents and fire false alarms) with some elements affected by the restrictions on life imposed throughout year ending March 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were 240 fire-related fatalities in year ending March 2021 compared with 245 in the previous year. 240 is the lowest financial year figure since comparable data became available in year ending March 1982 and the number of fatalities has been at historically low levels in recent years.

FRSs attended 216,149 fire false alarms, a seven per cent decrease compared with the previous year (231,630), a one per cent increase compared with five years ago (214,411) and a 21% decrease compared with ten years ago (272,179).

The full document can be found here.

Home Office August 2021

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