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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2002

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Statistical bulletin CrJ/2004/2: Fire Statistics Scotland, 2002

1. Introduction

This bulletin is the third in the series, presenting statistics on fires in Scotland. These statistics are compiled from reports submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on fires attended by all United Kingdom (UK) local authority fire brigades in 2002. This bulletin provides a detailed overview of Scottish fire statistics over the past decade, at a brigade and Scotland level with comparison with the other UK countries.

Due to the industrial action by firefighters in November 2002, the reporting of fires for these days was disrupted. In total ten 24-hour periods were affected; from 18:00 on 13 th to 18:00 on 15 th November and from 09:00 on 22 nd to 09:00 on 30 th November. Some information relating to this period has been received via data collected by the Ministry of Defence and also from special summary reports submitted by some brigades. In order to present the most accurate picture of the fires, casualties and false alarms which occurred in 2002, in some cases estimates have been incorporated in this publication to account for the missing information in November. These have been produced using comparable data for November 2001. However, for the more complex tables the figures are as reported by brigades and therefore exclude any estimates for strike days.

This bulletin is the collective work of staff within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Fire Statistics and Research Branch, and the Scottish Executive Justice Statistics Unit. In particular we would like to thank Georgina Ford and Jon Gamble from the Fire Statistics and Research Branch for the provision of the bulletin tables.

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