Number of fire-related fatalities in Great Britain 2007-2019

There were 316 fire-related fatalities in Great Britain during 2018/19, 84 fewer than occurred in 2017/18 when there were 400. In the early 2000s, the annual number of fire fatalities was consistently over 500, with numbers gradually falling throughout that decade. In 2011/12 the number of fatalities related to fire fell below 400 for the first time, and with the exception of 2017/18 remained below 300 for the rest of the 2010s.

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 2018/19 there were over half a million incidents attended in England, over 92 thousand in Scotland and almost 37 thousand in Wales. Northern Ireland had the least number of incidents attended at around 24.6 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 2019. 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.

Number of fire-related fatalities in Great Britain from 2000/01 to 2018/19

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Release date

February 2019

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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