Sources of Statistics

Listed in order of organisation responsible for collection.

ABI (Association of British Insurers)

ABI Statistical Bulletin

Key Characteristics of the Data
Fire loss claims - total financial value of gross insured claims from fires. Reported as commercial and domestic totals. Material damage and business interruption losses reported.
Coverage/Scope
United Kingdom (Losses incurred by ABI member companies only)
Availability
To ABI members on Website and to media by press release and direct enquiry
Frequency
Quarterly
Other Comments
Synopsis of ABI annual figures included in FPA Large Loss Analysis published in Fire Risk Management.
Contact

Association of British Insurers, 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ, UK
The statistics helpdesk with any queries about ABI data:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7216 7390
Email: abistats@abi.org.uk

For all other ABI queries please contact the ABI switchboard:
Switchboard: +44 (0) 20 7600 3333
Email: info@abi.org.uk
Fax: +44 (0)20 7696 8999


Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (CIPFA)

CIPFA Fire Service Statistics

Key Characteristics of the Data
Expenditure and income, by broad category of local authority services in fiscal years
Coverage/Scope
England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland
Availability
By annual subscription
Frequency
Published annually.
Contact

CIPFA, 3 Robert Street, London, WC2, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7543 5600
Fax: +44 (0)20 7543 5700
Email: corporate@cipfa.org.uk
Web: www.cipfa.org

CIPFA Statistical Information Service, Institute of Public Finance Ltd., No. 1 Croydon, 2-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 0XT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8667 1144
Fax: +44 (0)20 8681 6741
Email: sisinfo@ipf.co.uk
Web: www.cipfastats.net


Comité Technique de Prevention du et d'Extinction de Feu (CTIF)

Reports of the CTIF Statistics Centre

Key Characteristics of the Data

Includes, for example:

  • numbers of fire deaths,
  • fire-fighter numbers, broken down by type (professional, volunteers, etc.),
  • equipment availability, by numbers in broad categories, and
  • provision of data both for participating countries and for the largest cities in those countries.
Coverage/Scope
About 40 countries including UK
Availability
Free to CTIF members, others may be charged
Frequency
Published annually since 1995
Contact

Prof. N. Brushlinsky, 007 095 450 2753, e-mail: albrus@online.de
Dr P Wagner, 0049 30 5649 7792, e-mail: albrus@t-online.de


Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

English Housing Condition Survey (EHCS) - N.B. Survey merged, now part of the English Housing Survey

Key Characteristics of the Data

The EHCS is a national survey collecting data on the physical condition of properties, the quality of the local environment and households' characteristics and financial circumstances. Follow up exercises collect property valuations and interviews with landlords. Data are collected on smoke alarm presence. In 1996 questions were also asked on households' experience of fire, although these questions were dropped in the 2001 sweep.

In April 2008 the English House Condition Survey (EHCS) was integrated with the Survey of English Housing (SEH) resulting in a new survey known as the English Housing Survey (EHS).

Like the previous EHCS, it has three component surveys: a household interview, followed by a physical inspection and a market value survey of a sub-sample of the properties.

Coverage/Scope
England (equivalent surveys are run in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
Availability
Public
Frequency
Five-yearly until 2001. See above for details from 2008.
Other Comments
If you would like further information about the EHS or wish to be added to the mailing list for our electronic newsletter email: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: +44 (0)207 944 3526.
Contact

Communities and Local Government (CLG)
EHS Project Management
2/B5 Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 944 3526
Email: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk
Web: www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingsurveys/englishhousecondition


Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

English Housing Survey (EHS)

Key Characteristics of the Data

The EHS is a national survey collecting information on households' members, family relationships, attitudes towards housing and individuals' experiences in both their current and previous housing. With the EHCS, it provides much of the data for DTLR's housing policy development and evaluation. A fire module was incorporated into the survey in 2004/05 and 2006/07.

The Fire Module included questions on Fire risk factors (use of chip pans, candles, heaters etc), Experience of fire (Number of fires in last year, location of fire start, cause of fire, time of fire, was the FRS called, how discovered etc.) and Fire Safety measures (number and type of smoke alarms, when last tested etc.).

In April 2008 the Survey of English Housing (SEH) merged with the English House Condition Survey (EHCS) to form the new English Housing Survey (EHS). To find out more go to the English Housing Survey (EHS) section.

The final fieldwork year for the SEH was 2007/08. These pages provide information about the SEH results, published reports and live tables.

The SEH was a continuous household survey that collected information from nearly 20,000 households each year about the characteristics of their housing and their attitudes to housing and related issues.

Coverage/Scope
England - sample of 18,000 households surveyed
Availability
Public
Frequency
The EHS will start from April 2008 and replace both the SEH and the EHCS. The Fire module will start from 2008/09 and is hoped that it will run biennially. The previous surveys were carried out under the SEH in 2004/05 and 2006/07.
Other Comments

The data is aggregated to large geographical areas to maintain anonymity.

If you would like further information about the EHS or wish to be added to the mailing list for our electronic newsletter email: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: +44 (0)207 944 3526.

Contact

Communities and Local Government (CLG)
English Housing Survey (EHS formerly Survey of English Housing)
Housing Data and Statistics Division
1/J2 Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 944 3526
Email: ehs@communities.gsi.gov.uk
Web: www.communities.gov.uk/fire/researchandstatistics/firestatistics/fires
Web: www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingsurveys/englishhousecondition


Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

National Fire and Rescue Incident and Casualty Statistics

Key Characteristics of the Data
The statistics consist of the following sets of data: (a) primary (i.e. more serious fires involving property and/or casualties); (b) secondary (i.e. more minor fires - mainly of an outdoor nature) and chimney fires, fire false alarms.
Coverage/Scope
Covers England, Scotland, Wales. Northern Ireland are piloting. Covered by the National Statistics "Code of Practice".
Availability
Public - Annual Statistics are published via "Statistical Bulletins"
Internal briefings based on quarterly data are available for internal use (including brigades, LGA etc)
Frequency
Public - Annual and quarterly statistics are published via "Statistical Bulletins"
Other Comments
The FDR returns that are used to populate this database were replaced by the electronic Incident Reporting System by April 2009. The data collected has been reviewed as part of this change.
Contact

Communities and Local Government
Fire Statistics & Research Section
firereseachandstatistics@communities.gsi.gov.uk
www.communities.gov.uk/fire/researchandstatistics/firestatistics/firestatisticsmonitors
www.communities.gov.uk/fire/researchandstatistics/firestatistics/firestatisticsuk


Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Annual returns from England Fire and Rescue Services

Key Characteristics of the Data
This data is collected from Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) in England and includes basic Operational Statistics (financial expenditure, number of Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) audits, prosecutions & convictions, number of hours CFS carried out by FRSs etc), Human Resource (HR) Statistics (Headcounts, Full time equivalents (FTEs), workforce diversity, wholetime and retained crew) and firefighter  injuries).
Coverage/Scope
England
Availability
Public
Frequency
Published annually
Other Comments
www.communities.gov.uk/fire/researchandstatistics/firestatistics/firerescue
Contact
Communities and Local Government
Fire Statistics & Research Section
firereseachandstatistics@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Home/Leisure Accident Surveillance System (HASS/LASS)

Key Characteristics of the Data
The HASS/LASS database holds details on accidents in the home and accidents occurring during recreational activity that were serious enough to require hospital treatment. Data are derived from a sample of 18 A&E departments throughout the UK, and information is collected on the type and location of accident, the type of injury, the individual involved and any products/articles involved.
Coverage/Scope
United Kingdom
Availability
Public
Frequency

Data collection has been discontinued. On 2nd May 2003 it was announced that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would no longer fund the collection and publication of HASS/LASS data. To ensure that the existing data will continue to be made available to users, a complete copy of the database has been handed over to RoSPA. RoSPA's Information Centre began to answer all incoming HASS/LASS enquiries from 1st January 2004, and will continue to operate this service for five years.

Data from 2000, 2001 and 2002 is available to view on the web www.hassandlass.org.uk.

HASS/LASS database goes back to 1978, and for this data you would need to contact RoSPA's Information Centre see details below.

Other Comments
n/a
Contact

Information Centre, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 28 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham, B15 1RP, UK
Tel: +44 (0)121 248 2066
Fax: +44 (0)121 248 2001
Email: Infocentre@rospa.com
Web: www.rospa.com


The Fire Protection Association

FPA Fire Records Database

Key Characteristics of the Data
Includes occupancy, estimated loss, supposed cause, geographical location and date
Coverage/Scope
Restricted to UK fires causing death or estimated losses of £50,000 or more (Increased to £100,000 for new data since beginning of 2002). Some significant fires not complying with criteria may be recorded.
Availability
Published in Fire Risk Management. FPA members, insurers on request. Simple requests from members of public are accepted.
Frequency
Updated continuously. Summaries published monthly. Annual analysis also published.
Other Comments
Currently there appears to be some under-reporting. Also used to provide case history information for FPA journal and Training Dept.
Contact

The Fire Protection Association, London Road, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0RH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1608 812 500
Fax: +44 (0)1608 812 501
Email: fpa@thefpa.co.uk
Web: www.thefpa.co.uk


Forestry Commission

Fire Statistics Forestry

Key Characteristics of the Data

Wildfire incidents (including forest fires) using the following data:

  • Number of fires
  • Area affected in Hectares
  • Cause and motives
  • Vegetation burnt (Property Types - Various)
  • Spatial data (northings and eastings) of area burnt
  • By Fire and Rescue Service area linked to NUTS 3 level
  • IRS reference number
Coverage/Scope
United Kingdom
Availability
Public on Website
Frequency
Updated on occurrence
Other Comments
Forestry Statistics 2014 highlighting woodland fires:
www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forstats2014.nsf/LUContents/394A25F8C7BFE13880257D1200423FA1
Contact

Sheila Ward
Tel: +44 (0)131 3340303
Web: www.forestry.gov.uk


Health and Safety Executive (HSE) & Local Authorities

Safety & Enforcement Statistics

Key Characteristics of the Data
Occupational injuries (Employees, self-employed & members of the public)
Enforcement (prosecutions and topics)
Dangerous occurrences & gas safety
Injuries & Dangerous occurrences recorded under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995)
Coverage/Scope
GB
Availability
Both public & internal - if information not readily available to external customers, it can be retrieved for a charge (subject to Open Government (Service First) standards)
Frequency
Annual but subject to National Statistics principles.
Contact

HSE Infoline 0845 345 0055
or direct to Safety & Enforcement Statistics (1)
Heather Wake +44 (0)151 951 4864


Home Office

Fires in the Home module - British Crime Survey (BCS) - N.B. moved across to Housing Surveys in 2004/5

Key Characteristics of the Data
The Fires in the Home module is a nationally representative sample survey measuring households' experience of crime. Periodically, a fire module has been included to establish households' experience of fire and ownership of domestic fire safety equipment. It provides a useful supplement to the national fire statistics database as it collects information on fires not attended by fire brigades, and enables correlations to be established between fire incidence and various demographic and socio-economic indicators.
Coverage/Scope
England & Wales - regional data available at GOR level
Availability
Public
Frequency
The main body of the BCS is now a continuous survey - the fire module was previously run on an ad hoc basis. Previous sweeps including a fire module were: 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2001
Other Comments
Following the transfer of responsibility for the fire service to Communities, previously with Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions (DTLR) and Home Office (HO). HO will discontinue the BCS fire module after the 2002 sweep. This module of survey questions switched to the Survey of English Housing, which in turn became the English Housing Survey.
Contact

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/bcs1.html


Institution of Chemical Engineers

Accident Database

Key Characteristics of the Data
Case histories of chemical process industry accidents including fires. Lessons learnt recorded.
Coverage/Scope
World wide chemical process industry including off shore.
Availability
Database available commercially for a fee (currently £1500)
Contact

Institution of Chemical Engineers, Davis Building, 165-189 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1788 578214
Fax: +44 (0)1788 560833
Web: www.icheme.org


National Trust

Fire Statistics

Key Characteristics of the Data
Fires and false alarms, property affected, cost, & cause.
Total fires per year average 69. Total false alarms average 9
Coverage/Scope
England
Availability
Internal
Frequency
Updated on occurrence
Contact

Colin Packer
Tel: 01454 616313
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk


NCFSC (DTLR)

National Community Fire Safety Centre's Attitude & Behaviour Monitor

Key Characteristics of the Data
Independently administered, Omnibus-style survey of a nationally representative sample of the population measuring personal experience of fire, fire safety attitudes and behaviour and ownership of domestic fire safety equipment. Also contains booster sample of smokers
Coverage/Scope
England & Wales - regional summaries provided based on CFOA regions
Availability
Public
Frequency
Annual (since 1998)
Other Comments
The A&B Monitor was originally designed to run for 5 years to provide a basis for CFS campaign and policy development. The last sweep of the Monitor in its current format is likely to be in 2002 - the format of its replacement has not yet been determined.
Contact
Stuart Deaton

Nordstat

Nordstat

Key Characteristics of the Data
Statistics relating to fires, environmental and traffic accidents. Also information on blind and false alarms.
Coverage/Scope
Nordic countries
Availability
External
Frequency
Updated on occurrence
Other Comments
The purpose of Nordstat.net is to collect and communicate information and data related to mainly fire incidents taking place in the Nordic countries. Can be used by national institutions dealing with fire statistics as well as members of the public. Nordstat.net contains statistics related to fires, environmental and traffic accidents combined with information on blind and false alarms. On Nordstat.net you can also find statistics on fire deaths categorised according to gender, age, month (date), cause of fire and scene of fire.
Contact
Web: www.nordstat.net
Contacts: www.nordstat.net/contacts.aspx

Scottish Government

Fire and Rescue Statistics Scotland

Key Characteristics of the Data
Annual statistical bulletin providing information on incidents attended by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. These incidents cover fires, casualties, special services and false alarms. The bulletin is part of a series of bulletins produced by the Scottish Government on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Coverage/Scope
Statistics covers incidents attended by SFRS. The publication is covered by the National Statistics “Code of Practice”.
Availability

Public – Annual Statistics are published via “Statistical Bulletins”

Until the 2014 bulletin, information was presented at a national (Scotland) level, with key tables provided at Fire and Rescue Service level. Since the creation of SFRS in April 2013 information is provided at the national and local authority level.

Frequency
Public – Annual statistics are published via “Statistical Bulletins”
Other Comments

Incident-based data returns are electronically submitted by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service through the UK data capture system IRS (Incident Recording System) throughout the year. The publication presents provisional data, with any later revisions in subsequent publications.

A consultation on the data included within this publication was completed in 2014 and is available at: www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/9317

Contact

Scottish Government

Justice Analytical Services

Email: JusticeStatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubFires


Scottish Government

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics

Key Characteristics of the Data

This data is collected from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRSs) and includes basic Operational Statistics (number of fire safety audits, prosecutions & convictions and workforce statistics.

Until April 2013 the data covered the former eight Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland. Since the creation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), data is now provided for the single SFRS.

Coverage/Scope
Statistics covers the activity of SFRS.
Availability

Public – Annual Statistics are published via “Statistical Bulletins”

Information is presented at a national (Scotland) level, with key tables provided at Fire and Rescue Service level. Until the 2014 bulletin, information was presented at a national (Scotland) level, and at Fire and Rescue Service level. Since the creation of SFRS in April 2013 information is provided at the national and local authority level.

Frequency
Public – Annual statistics are published via “Statistical Bulletins”
Other Comments

A consultation on the data included within this publication was completed in 2014 and is available at: www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/9317

The recommendations from the review are being implemented in the latest bulletin.

Workforce data is collected from SFRS by both Scottish Government and CIPFA. In future, as far as possible, the data will be collected once and then used by both organisations, resulting in a reduced data burden and more consistent data.

Contact

Scottish Government

Justice Analytical Services

Email: JusticeStatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubFireRescue


World Fire Statistics Centre

World Fire Statistics Information Bulletin

Key Characteristics of the Data
Direct and indirect fire losses, casualties and fire costs
Coverage/Scope
About 25 countries worldwide including UK
Availability
On subscription via web site https://www.genevaassociation.org/publications/newsletters
Frequency
Published annually.
Other Comments
The World Fire Statistics Centre undertakes its annual statistical enquiries under the auspices of the UN, and is funded by the Geneva Association.
Contact

Prof. Brian Woodrow, Director, World Fire Statistics Center, 3 Hickory Street, N1G2X2 Guelph, Ontario, CANADA
Tel: +1 519 821 5682
Email: wfsc@genevaassociation.org or woodrow@uoguelph.ca


World Health Organisation

World Fire Statistics Centre

Key Characteristics of the Data

WHOSIS, WHO Statistical Information System, presents the most recent and comprehensive health data on all of the 193 WHO Member States. The data, selected on the basis of quality and availability, relevance to global health, and comparability across member nations, cover over 50 core health indicators, which are organized into six major areas: mortality and burden of disease, health service coverage, risk factors, health system inputs, differentials in health outcome and coverage, as well as basic socio-demographic statistics. These are published in the World Health Statistics that is released in May of each year.

The section of its Mortality Data Base concerned with Causes of Death includes a line for "Deaths from accidents caused by smoke, fire and flames". The resulting figures, which are broken down by sex and by age group, are published annually for most developed countries, and some developing countries, which are WHO members (although the latest year for which data are available varies quite widely among countries). The figures are available online from http://www3.who.int/whosis/menu.cfm?path=whosis, and then by clicking successively on "Mortality database", "deaths by cause" and the name of the country in which one is interested.

Availability
Public
Frequency
Annual
Contact
Doris MaFat
Email: mafatd@who.int