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  • Release date: 30 July 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
  • Next update: 25 February 2016
A report which includes information on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms attended.

Key points


  • In 2014-15 the number of attendances at fire and false alarm incidents by Welsh Fire and Rescue Services decreased by 5 per cent compared with the previous year. Since 2001-02 there has been a downward trend in the number of incidents attended; the 2014-15 figure is 50 per cent lower than in 2001-02.
  • The number of primary fires in Wales decreased by 5 per cent over the year from 4,790 in 2013-14 to 4,560 in 2014-15. Primary fires include all fires in non-derelict buildings and vehicles or in outdoor structures, or any fire involving casualties or rescues, or fires attended by five or more appliances.


  • There were 21 fatal casualties from fires in Wales in 2014-15.
  • The number of non-fatal casualties was 543 in 2014 15, a decrease of 13 per cent compared with 2013 14.

False alarms

  • In 2014-15 there were 15,482 false fire alarms in Wales, up from 15,312 in 2013-14, an increase of 1 per cent.
  • The number of malicious false fire alarms decreased from 646 in 2013-14 to 605 in 2014 15.

Smoke alarms

  • In around 3 in 10 dwelling fires in Wales in 2014-15, no smoke alarm was installed.

Cause of fires

  • In 2014-15 the largest single cause of accidental dwelling fires was misuse of equipment or appliances, equating to 36 per cent. This has consistently been the main cause of accidental dwelling fires since 2001-02.

Response times

  • In 2014-15, 71 per cent of primary fires and 76 per cent of dwelling fires in Wales were attended within 10 minutes.


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