Information on type of fire, casualties, damage and source for April 2021 to March 2022.
The analysis in this bulletin relates to fire incidents between April 2021 and end March 2022. Comparisons are made with April 2020 to March 2021, a period largely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when there were public health restrictions. Whilst restrictions were eased during 2021-22 there were some periods during the year when restrictions remained in place and patterns of behaviour may not have returned to those occurring prior to the pandemic.
- The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended a total of 6,122 deliberate fires in 2021-22. This is an increase of 4% compared with the previous year and is around a quarter of the number in 2001-02.
- Around a fifth of deliberate fires in 2021-22 were primary fires.
- In 2021-22, 65% of deliberate fires were in South Wales, over a quarter in Mid and West Wales, and almost a tenth were in North Wales.
- In 2021-22, there were 499 primary fires started deliberately in vehicles, a decrease of 6% compared with the previous year.
- In 2021-22, there were 5 deliberate fires in schools, equating to a quarter of all fires in schools.
Source and hazardous materials
- Over the last 5 years, a naked flame was the source of ignition in 31% of deliberate primary fires.
- Of the dangerous substances in deliberate primary fires in total in 2017-18 to 2021-22, 82% were flammable liquids.
- In 2021-22, there were 2 fatalities and 42 non-fatal casualties in deliberate fires.
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Datasets and interactive tools
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