Skip to content

Fire and rescue incident statistics

Bookmark and Share
  • Release date: 31 August 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 28 February 2018
Data on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties, false alarms and Special Service Incidents (SSIs) attended.

Key points


  • In 2016-17 the number of fires attended by Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities decreased by 11 per cent compared with the previous year. Since 2001-02 there has been a downward trend in the number of fires attended; the 2016-17 figure is 69 per cent lower than in 2001-02.
  • The number of primary fires in Wales increased by 2 per cent over the year from 4,678 in 2015-16 to 4,756 in 2016-17. 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.
  • In 2016-17 the number of secondary fires fell by 20 per cent compared with 2015-16, and grassland, woodland and crop fires fell by 47 per cent over the same period.


  • There were 19 fatal casualties from fires in Wales in 2016-17.
  • The number of non-fatal casualties was 621 in 2016-17, an increase of 5 per cent compared with 2015-16. This increase was largely due to a rise of 29 per cent in those people receiving first aid or sent for precautionary checks.

False alarms

  • In 2016-17 there were 14,791 false fire alarms in Wales, up from 14,493 in 2015-16, an increase of 2 per cent.
  • The number of malicious false fire alarms decreased from 558 in 2015-16 to 441 in 2016-17.

Special Service Incidents (SSIs)

Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales attended 11,248 SSIs in 2016-17, a 16 per cent increase on 2015-16 and following a continuing trend due to increased collaboration with the other emergency services.

Smoke alarms 

In 3 in 10 dwelling fires in Wales in 2016-17, no smoke alarm was installed.

Cause of fires 

In 2016-17 the largest single cause of accidental dwelling fires was misuse of equipment or appliances, equating to 33 per cent. This has consistently been the main cause of accidental dwelling fires since 2001-02.

Response times

In 2016-17, 68 per cent of primary fires and 75 per cent of dwelling fires in Wales were attended within 10 minutes.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales data are published biannually and a report will be published annually.


Tel: 0300 025 6699

Tel: 0300 025 8099

Keep up to date @StatisticsWales@StatisticsWales Sign up to our newsletterSign up to our newsletter