Fires: Hoaxes and False Alarms

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false fire emergency calls were received in each fire authority in the North West in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

The relevant data that are held centrally are for financial year periods and cover all emergency calls, with no distinction as to whether relating to a reported fire or other type of incident.

In preparing this answer it became evident that the figures provided in the answer to a very similar question on 28 April 2009, Hansard, columns 1170-76W, were of numbers of false alarm incidents attended, rather than of emergency calls. The data available for the periods requested by both questions are therefore shown in the tables.

Total emergency calls( 1) handled, fire and rescue services in the north-west, 2002-03 to 2008-09
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Cheshire 31,102 33,506 29,254 28,757 28,435 24,294 22,300
Cumbria 13,444 14,710 14,594 14,082 13,258 12,199 9,411
Greater Manchester 101,348 113,111 88,927 89,066 95,724 85,026 75,010
Lancashire 48,508 53,171 44,383 42,189 44,727 38,471 34,849
Merseyside 68,494 72,236 61,459 58,635 61,506 52,524 45,537
North West 262,896 286,734 238,617 232,729 243,650 212,514 187,107
(1) Duplicate calls for incidents counted individually

Source:

Annual Returns from Fire and Rescue Services to Communities and Local Government

Malicious false alarm calls handled, fire and rescue services in the north-west, 2005-06 to 2008-09( 1)
2002-03 to 2004-05( 1) 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Cheshire - 785 636 570 432
Cumbria - 450 447 407 349
Greater Manchester - 5,128 5,061 4,493 3,062
Lancashire - 1,758 1,714 1,476 1,498
Merseyside - 1,568 1,188 1,024 723
North West - 9,689 9,046 7,970 6,064
(1) Data prior to 2005-06 not held centrally

Source:

Annual Returns from Fire and Rescue Services to Communities and Local Government

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