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Incidents attended by the Fire and rescue service, National figures.

This release presents statistics which cover the financial year 2016/17 (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) for fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. These statistics do not cover the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. The results show:

 There were 558,963 incidents attended by FRSs in 2016/17. This was a six per cent increase compared with the previous year (529,504 in 2015/16) but a 35 per cent decrease compared with ten years ago (854,371 in 2006/07). The total number of incidents was on a downward trend for around a decade before it was relatively flat between 2012/13 and 2014/15. Since then there have been two annual increases mainly driven by increases in non-fire incidents attended.

 For the first time, in 2016/17 FRSs attended more non-fire incidents than fires. Thirty-one per cent of all incidents attended by FRSs in 2016/17 were non-fire incidents compared with 29 per cent that were fires. In 2006/07 these percentages were 39 per cent (fires attended) and 19 per cent (non-fire incidents). The largest incident type continues to be fire false alarms (40 per cent in 2016/17).

 FRSs attended 173,579 non-fire incidents in 2016/17. This was a 14 per cent increase compared with the previous year (152,813 in 2015/16). For around a decade, there was a general decline in the number of non-fire incidents. However the last two years have shown two large increases.

 In 2015/16, fire-related fatalities increased for the first time for several years, but this increase did not continue in 2016/17. There were 261 fire-related fatalities in 2016/17 compared with 303 in 2015/16 (a decrease of 14 per cent). Fatality figures can fluctuate between years because the numbers are relatively small.

 There were 3,133 non-fatal casualties requiring hospital treatment1 in 2016/17. This was a five per cent decrease compared with the previous year (3,282 in 2015/16) and a 27 per cent decrease compared with five years ago (4,299 in 2011/12). It appears that the downward trend in non-fatal casualties in fires has slowed in the last few years.

 There were 7,081 non-fatal casualties in fires1 in 2016/17. This was an eight per cent decrease compared with the previous year (7,664 in 2015/16) and a 34 per cent decrease compared with ten years ago (10,783 in 2006/07).

 FRSs attended 161,770 fires in 2016/17. This was virtually unchanged compared with the previous year (162,267 in 2015/16), but less than half compared with ten years ago (336,233 in 2006/07). The total number of fires attended by FRSs has been broadly stable since 2012/13.
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