Steady decrease since turn of millennium

31 July 2015

In 2001/2 the fire and rescue services in the principality attended almost 55,000 incidents. Provisional data for the past year shows this has dropped to little more than 27,000, the latest fall in a continuing trend of declining statistics over the past 15 years.

Call-outs decreased this past year by 5% compared with the previous one. Since 2001-02 there has been a consistent downward trend in the number of incidents attended.

Other key statistics from the newly released ‘Fire Statistics Wales, 2014-15’ are:

  • There were 15,482 false fire alarms in Wales in 2014/15, up from 15,312 in 2013-14, an increase of 1%.
  • The number of malicious false fire alarms decreased from 646 to 605.
  • It is estimated that 30% of dwellings do not have a smoke alarm.
  • The largest single cause of accidental fires was misuse of equipment or appliances (36%). 

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