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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2000

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FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000

3. Definitional Issues

3.1 The bulletin contains a number of terms that it is useful to define. These are outlined below (and a complete list of detailed definitions are provided at the Annex, paragraph 27.18):

"Location" is a term used in the statistical collection to denote a combination of the type of fire ("primary", "secondary" and "chimney") and the type of premises, property or countryside in which the fire started. This is explained below in more detail;

Primary fires: If a fire involves a casualty or rescue or is attended by five or more appliances then it is classed as a primary fire, regardless of its actual physical location. However a fire may also be classed as primary if it occurs in any of the following types of premises or property: buildings (not derelict, not under demolition); caravans; vehicles and other methods or transport (not derelict); outdoor storage, plant and machinery or agricultural or forestry premises and property.

Secondary fires: Always involve no casualties or rescues and are attended by four or fewer appliances. A fire is also not classed as secondary if it is a chimney fire (defined below).

Chimney fires: Always involve no casualties or rescues and are attended by four or fewer appliances. They only occur in occupied buildings where the fire was contained within the chimney structure.