Number of fire incidents dropped by half in last 10 years

Data published by the Fire and Rescue Service has revealed that the number of fire incidents in England has halved in the last 10 years.

Over the last decade, the total number of incidents the Fire and Rescue Service attended has dropped from over one million to 529,000.

The data was released in May of this year in a study of incidents attended in dwellings and non-residential buildings in 2015-2016.

According to the data, the total number of fire incidents attended by the Fire and Rescue Service was 16,017. 11,583 of these fires were deemed accidental and 4,434 were found to be deliberate. The fires in question caused 21 deaths and 1,096 non-fatal injuries.

2,131 of these incidents occurred in industrial buildings, and industrial building fires were found to be the highest cause of fatalities, causing seven deaths in total.

While the drop in incidents is positive, the importance of robust fire safety arrangements is clear.

If companies are unsure of their arrangements for fire safety the best way to address this is by carrying out a fire risk assessment.  At Aegis, we have staff who are trained and competent to undertake these.

For more information on how Aegis can help your business, please call 01772 736522 or email