It was inevitable that the downward trend over the last 10 years was likely to reverse at some point and time will tell as to whether this is the start of a stabilisation period. Taking one years set of statistics can be misleading and reasons for these differences are yet unknown.
Other key findings from the data are:
- There were 303 fire-related fatalities in England during 2015/16. This was 39 more than in 2014/15 and the highest figure since 2011/12. While there is an increase for the most recent period, the 2015/16 figure is still 83 fewer than a decade ago.
- Fire and rescue services (FRSs) attended around 528,7001 incidents in England during 2015/16, 7% higher than the previous year. This increase was predominantly driven by a large increase in non-fire incidents.
- Fire and rescue services (FRSs) attended around 162,000 fires in England during 2015/16. This is 5% more than the 155,000 attended in 2014/15 but 52% fewer than in 2005/06.
- Primary fires increased slightly, for the first time in 14 years, by 3% from around 71,100 in 2014/15 to 73,400 in 2015/16. The increase in primary fires was largely driven by an 11% increase in deliberate primary fires.
- Although the number of accidental dwelling fires was virtually unchanged in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15, there were 24 more fire-related fatalities in accidental dwelling fires in 2015/16 (191) than the previous year (167).
- FRSs attended roughly 214,100 fire false alarms in England during 2015/16. This was a small decrease of 1% compared with 2014/15, continuing the long term decreasing trend of false alarms. However, 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.
- There was a 22% increase in the number of Special Service incidents attended by FRSs from 125,200 in 2014/15 to 152,500 in 2015/16. As a result, 29% of incidents attended by FRSs in 2015/16 were non-fire, the highest proportion since non-fire incidents were first recorded in 1999/00.
- The increase in non-fire incidents was driven to a large extent by increases in co-responder medical incidents, which increased by 83% from 14,200 in 2014/15 to 25,900 in 2015/16.
Source: Home Office Fire Statistics Monitor: April 2015 to March 2016