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  • Release date: 30 July 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
  • Next update: 30 July 2015
A report which includes information on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms attended.

Postponement notice

The publication of data for April to September 2014, due to be published on 27 January 2015, has been postponed due to a delay in the data provider publication date. A firm date will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Key points


  • In 2013-14 the number of attendances at fire and false alarm incidents by Welsh Fire and Rescue Services increased by 7 per cent compared with the previous year. However since 2001-02 there has been a downward trend in the number of incidents attended; the 2013-14 figure is 48 per cent lower than in 2001-02.
  • The number of primary fires in Wales increased by 1 per cent over the year from 4,745 in 2012 13 to 4,787 in 2013-14. 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 17 fatal casualties from fires in Wales in 2013-14.
  • The number of non-fatal casualties was 625 in 2013-14, an increase of 16 per cent compared with 2012 13.

False alarms

  • In 2013-14 there were 15,301 false fire alarms in Wales, up from 15,088 in 2012-13, an increase of 1 per cent.
  • The number of malicious false fire alarms decreased from 689 in 2012-13 to 646 in 2013-14.

Smoke alarms

  • In around 3 in 10 dwelling fires in Wales in 2013-14, no smoke alarm was installed.

Cause of fires

  • In 2013-14 the largest single cause of accidental dwelling fires was misuse of equipment or appliances, equating to 38 per cent. This has consistently been the main cause of accidental dwelling fires since 2001-02.

Response times

  • In 2013-14, 72 per cent of primary fires and 79 per cent of dwelling fires in Wales were attended within 10 minutes.

Great Britain comparisons

  • In 2013-14 the total number of fires attended increased by 10 per cent in England and 15 per cent in Wales.
  • Fatality and non fatal casualty rates per million population were lower in England than in Wales in 2013-14, where fatality rates were 5.1 (in England) and 5.5 (in Wales) and non-fatal casualty rates were 152 (in England) and 203 (in Wales).


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