Fire Services: Emergency Calls

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of fire service response times from time of call to time of first attendance for each fire and rescue service were of a duration of (a) up to five minutes, (b) six to 10 minutes, (c) 11 to 15 minutes and (d) over 15 minutes in each of the last five years.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

holding answer 6 June 2007

The information requested is provided as follows.

Attendance time in minutes
up to 5 6 to 10 11 to 15 over 15
Attendances Percentage Attendances Percentage Attendances Percentage Attendances Percentage
2001 89,287 44 90,535 45 16,399 8 4,916 2
2002 81,662 43 86,166 46 15,861 8 4,869 3
2003 76,441 41 87,143 47 17,383 9 5,313 3
2004 62,580 39 77,814 48 15,335 10 5,075 3
2005 53,928 36 74,536 50 15,525 10 5,213 3

Figures are based on sampled data grossed to fire and rescue service totals and exclude any fires in November 2002 and January-February 2003 strike periods. Incidents with a response time of 60 minutes or more are excluded as these are likely to be 'late calls': where the fire is known to have been already been extinguished when the FRS were informed of the fire. Data are for England and Wales primary fires only.


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Fire and Rescue Service attendance times have been increasing gradually over the last 5 years, with 86 per cent. of primary fires attended within 10 minutes in 2005 compared with 89 per cent. in 2001. Over the same period the number of people in England killed in accidental dwelling fires, the public service agreement target has fallen by 27 per cent. from 321 to 233 and the number of calls to incidents has also reduced indicating the positive impact of risk based fire prevention.

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