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Crime, Disorder and Danger - Fire and Rescue

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fires in Scotland

Provisionally, there were 33 fatal fire casualties in 2013-14 – a decrease of 13 (28 per cent) on the revised figure of 46 for 2012-13. Whilst the number of fatal casualties in fires is prone to fluctuation, this continues the general downward trend of the last ten years.

In 2013-14, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended 27,979 fires in Scotland. This is 5 per cent more than the previous year (26,719) but is the second lowest annual total in the last decade. There has been a general decreasing trend in the total number of fires in Scotland over the last ten years.

Around half of primary fires in 2013-14 were in “dwellings” or homes (5,330 or 51 per cent). The number of dwelling fires is important as the majority of fire casualties occur in dwelling fires (87 per cent in the last ten years). There were 9 per cent less dwelling fires in 2013-14 than in the previous year (5,834), continuing the downward trend of the last decade.

The increase in the total number of fires attended reflected a 15 per cent rise in the number of secondary outdoor fires compared to the previous year (from 14,276 in 2012-13 to 16,359 in 2013-14). The number of secondary fires attended in 2013-14 was still the second lowest in the last decade.

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p - provisional

r - revised

1 - figures before 2009-10 for primary fires are based on sample data weighted to Fire and Rescue Service level

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