Why Businesses Need Additional Fire Protection Measures
Fire and Rescue Services attended 620,758 incidents in the year ending September 2022, a 16% increase compared with the previous year (537,423).
Of these incidents, there were 185,437 fires which was a 28% increase compared with the previous year (145,313).
These increases can be attributed to the 44% increase in secondary fires and 63% increase in outdoor primary fires following the hot, dry summer in 2022.
Also contributing were large increases in the non-fire incident categories collaborating incidents and road traffic collisions, as well as the fire false alarm category due to apparatus.
Key results in the year ending September 2022:
- the average total response time to primary fires in England was 9 minutes and 11 seconds, the longest average response time seen since comparable statistics became available: an increase of 28 seconds since the previous year.
- all types of primary fires showed an increase in average response times (dwelling fires by 13 seconds, other building fires by 9 seconds, road vehicle fires by 18 seconds and other outdoor fires by one minute 14 seconds).
- the average total response time to secondary fires (which can broadly be thought of as smaller outdoor fires, not involving people or property) in England increased by 25 seconds, compared with the previous year, to 9 minutes and 42 seconds.
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The above information shows that response times for fire and rescue services are increasing, further emphasising the importance of measures that can increase notification times and control the impact of fires.