Number of fire-related fatalities in Great Britain 2007-2018

Number of fire-related fatalities in Great Britain from 2007/08 to 2017/18

by Daniel Clark, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of fire-related fatalities in Great Britain 2007-2018 The 248 fire-related fatalities that took place in Great Britain 2017/18 were the fewest for ten years, with the most fatalities of this type occurring in 2009/10 when there were 425. After 2009/10 there were year-on-year decreases in fire-fatalities, before a slight uptick in 2015/16 when they reached 367.
Less fatalities but more incidents
Although there has been a net decrease in the number of incidents attended by fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom since 2010/11 the current trend from 2014/15 onwards has been one of increase. In 2017/18 there were over half a million incidents attended in England, over 91 thousand in Scotland and almost 37 thousand in Wales. Northern Ireland had the least number of incidents attended at around 24 thousand.

Cuts to budgets and staff numbers
Since peaking at over 55.6 thousand workers in 2010 there has been a marked decline in the number of fire and rescue workers in England, with the service losing over 10 thousand workers by 2017. In a similar time period the expenditure on fire-protection services in the United Kingdom fell from 3.1 billion in 2009/10, to around 2.7 billion in 2016/17.
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