Number of false fire alarms responded by U.S. fire departments in 2015, by type of false alarm

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Type of callNumber of calls responded
Unintentional call1,199,500
System malfunction827,500
Other false alarms (bomb scares, etc.)373,500
Malicious, mischievous false call166,000

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This statistic shows total number of false alarms responded by fire departments in the United States in 2015. In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to a total of 2,566,500 false alarms. This was an increase of 3.13% from the year 2013. Malicious false calls increased by 2.79% from 2013, accounting for 166,000 of all false calls.
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September 2016
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