CAPIC ANALYSIS: FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

Countries Covered: Wales

CAPIC has analyzed the Fire and Rescue Services’ FDR-1 forms, which collects data on the nature and cause of the fire and limited data on casualties. The FDR-1 statistics are sent to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and appear in several official publications.  These analysis were performed for years ranging from 1999 to 2004.

The fire and rescue services are not called to every domestic or commercial fire. The proportion of fires to which they are called depends on the extent of the fire, the occupiers confidence in putting it out unassisted, and distance to the nearest fire station. It is estimated, from comparison with data collected in the annual British Crime Survey that perhaps the services are called to around a quarter of fires, but with considerable regional variation. In 2002/3 1.5% of households reported one or more domestic fires in the British Crime Survey. When called to a fire the investigating officers complete a form called FDR-1 which collects data on the nature and cause of the fire and limited data on any casualties. The FDR-1 statistics are sent to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and appear in several official publications.

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