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Statistical Bulletin Crime and Justice Series: Fire Statistics Scotland, 2009-10, (2010-11 Provisional)

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2. Main Points

Provisional Data (2010-11)

  • In 2010-11, the total number of fires in Scotland was provisionally 38,927, 1 per cent higher than in 2009-10 (38,720). Primary fires accounted for 34 per cent (13,231) of the total number of fires in 2010-11, 62 per cent (24,162) were secondary fires and 4 per cent (1,534) were chimney fires. ( Table 1)
  • The provisional number of primary fires in 2010-11 decreased by 6 per cent from 2009-10 (from 14,003 to 13,231). There was a 5 per cent increase in the provisional number of secondary fires in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10. ( Table 1)
  • Provisionally under half (48 per cent) of primary fires in 2010-11 were in dwellings (6,336). Of these fires, 5,254 were accidental (83 per cent).( Table 1 & 3)
  • The provisional figure for fatal fire casualties in 2010-11 was 47 - a decrease of 13 (22 per cent) on the revised figure for 2009-10. This is the second lowest figure in the 11 years covered by this publication. Of the provisional fire fatal casualties for 2010-11, 40 occurred in dwelling fires and 38 of these were attributed to accidental dwelling fires. ( Table 2 & 3)
  • The provisional number of non-fatal fire casualties in 2010-11 was 1,294 and 86 per cent of them (1,108) occurred in dwelling fires. Of these 945 occurred in accidental dwelling fires. ( Table 2 & 3)
  • The Scottish provisional rate of fatal casualties per 1,000 accidental dwelling fires for 2010-11 was 7.2. This is the second lowest rate recorded from 2000-01 to 2010-11. ( Table 3)
  • In 2010-11 the provisional number of special services (non-fire related incidents) attended by Scotland's Fire and Rescue Services was 11,297. Flooding incidents and road traffic collisions and are the most often attended type of special service incidents (22 per cent, 21 per cent respectively for 2010-11).( Table 5)
  • The provisional number of false fire alarms attended was 48,752 in 2010-11, 71 per cent of these were due to failure of apparatus. ( Table 4)

Revised Data (2009-10)

  • In 2009-10, there were 60 fatal fire casualties from primary fires, most of these fatal casualties were overcome by smoke, gas or fumes (22 fatal casualties, 37 per cent). Of this 60, 47 fatal casualties occurred in accidental dwelling fires. The most common source of ignition was smokers' materials and matches which accounted for 26 fatalities (55 per cent) in accidental dwelling fires. ( Table 9, 11 & 16)
  • In 2009-10, there were 1,209 non-fatal fire casualties from primary fires. As with fatal fire casualties, the main injury was due to being overcome by smoke, gas or fumes (461 non-fatal casualties, 38 per cent). Of the 1,209 non-fatal casualties, 882 occurred in accidental dwelling fires. The most common source of ignition was cooking appliances which accounted for 525 non fatal casualties in accidental dwelling fires (60 per cent). ( Table 9, 11 & 16)
  • Between 2000-01 and 2009-10, the majority of fatal casualties have occurred in primary dwellings fires where either the smoke alarm was present but failed to operate or in dwellings fires where a smoke alarm was absent.( Table 14)
  • There were 22,889 deliberate primary and secondary fires in 2009-10 (62 per cent of all primary and secondary fires). The majority of deliberate fires were secondary fires (18,276 or 80 per cent). ( Table 11 & 13)