Data on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms and Special Service Incidents attended for April 2019 to March 2020.
The analysis in this bulletin relates to fire and rescue service incidents between April 2019 and end March 2020 and therefore covers a period largely prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the lockdown measures introduced on 23 March 2020.
- In 2019-20 the number of fires attended by Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities decreased by 18% compared with the previous year. Since 2001-02 there has been a downward trend in the number of fires attended; the 2019-20 figure is 70% lower than in 2001-02.
- The number of primary fires in Wales decreased by 3% over the year from 4,392 in 2018-19 to 4,277 in 2019-20. 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 2019-20 the number of secondary fires fell by 27% compared with 2018-19.
- The number of deliberate grassland, woodland and crop fires fell by 41% compared with 2018-19.
- There were 17 fatal casualties from fires in Wales in 2019-20.
- The number of non-fatal casualties was 507 in 2019-20, an increase of 28% compared with 2018-19. This decrease was largely due to a rise of 45% in those people receiving first aid or sent for precautionary checks.
- In 2019-20 there were 14,257 fire false alarms in Wales, down from 14,485 in 2018-19, a decrease of 2%.
- The number of malicious fire false alarms saw no percentage change compared with 2018-19.
Special Service Incidents
- Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales attended 10,107 SSIs (including false alarms) in 2019-20, a 9% increase on 2018-19.
- In a third of dwelling fires in Wales in 2019-20, no smoke alarm was installed.
Cause of fires
- In 2019-20 the largest single cause of accidental dwelling fires was misuse of equipment or appliances, equating to a third of these fires. This has consistently been the main cause of accidental dwelling fires since 2001-02.
- In 2019-20, 61% of primary fires and 70% of dwelling fires in Wales were attended within 10 minutes.
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