Fires in cannabis farms (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th July 2019.

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What is the average number of appliances and firefighters attending incidents at cannabis farms, in each year since 2009/10?

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London Fire Brigade (LFB) has no specific data identifier for fires at cannabis farms. Data about such fires is derived from querying free text incident messages. Data about appliances and riders at fires at ‘cannabis farms’ is also set out in the table below.

Financial Year

Number of fires

Pumping appliances

Other appliances

Appliances (average)

Riders (average)

Appliances (average)

Riders (average)

2009/10

18

4.2

18.9

3.3

8.3

2010/11

15

4.0

19.1

2.1

4.8

2011/12

20

4.5

19.9

2.4

5.1

2012/13

26

4.0

17.7

2.8

5.8

2013/14

20

4.2

19.0

3.1

5.5

2014/15

25

3.8

19.0

2.2

4.9

2015/16

18

4.1

19.1

2.3

6.1

2016/17

26

4.0

18.1

1.7

3.1

2017/18

18

3.7

17.2

2.2

5.2

2018/19

14

5.1

22.8

2.9

6.1

2019/20

8

8.4

37.0

6.3

10.9

The average number of pumping and other appliances attending (and riders) excludes reliefs.

The average number of pumping appliances and pumping appliance riders in 2019/20 is impacted by the 15-pump fire at a warehouse in Tottenham in May 2019 and the smaller data set, as the figures up to 9th July 2019.