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Information on fires attended, casualties due to fires, false alarms, Special Service Incidents and contained dwelling fires for April 2020 to March 2021.

The analysis in this bulletin relates to fire and rescue service incidents between April 2020 and end March 2021, a period within the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fire and rescue service incidents, and in particular Special Service Incidents (SSIs), are likely to have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main points

  • There were 10,334 fires attended by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales, equating to 33 fires per 10,000 population. This is a decrease of 2% compared with 2019-20. Since responsibility for fire and rescue services was devolved to Wales in 2004‑05 the number and rate have more than halved.
  • There were 15,429 false alarms attended in 2020-21, equating to 49 per 10,000 population and an increase of 5% compared with 2019-20.
  • There were 158 deaths and injuries due to fires in Wales (5 per 100,000 population). This is a decrease of 13% in in the number of casualties.
  • 85% of dwelling fires in Wales were contained within the room where the fire started.


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