London Fire Brigade

Fires in the Capital Lowest Since '66 - New Figures

03 September 2012

The number of fires in London has more than halved over the last decade and is now at its lowest point since records began in 1966, according to new figures from the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

The figures show that last year, the number of fires in London fell to 26, 845, or around 74 each day. The number of blazes across the capital has more than halved over the last decade and is now at its lowest point since the last time England won the World Cup. The figures show that:

• In 2001 there were 55,063 - around 150 blazes each day
• In 2011 there were 26,845 fires in London, around 74 each day, a 51 per cent drop
• Last year saw the lowest number of fires in London since records began in 1966, when there were 30,436 fires
• The number of house fires in London has also fallen, by more than a quarter (26 per cent), from 8,940 in 2001 to 6,618 in 2011.

Similarly, the figures show that the overall number of incidents firefighters attend has dropped by 39 per cent. This includes call outs to things like road traffic collisions, false alarms and non-emergency calls such as to people stuck in lifts. The figures show that:

• The total number of incidents attended by the Brigade in 2011 was 115,126, around 315 a day.
• This is compared to 187,737, or around 514 a day, in 2001 – a 39 per cent drop.

The figures show that Londoners are now safer from fire than ever before.

James Cleverly, Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, said:

“These figures show that Londoners are less likely to have a fire than ever before and people are far safer as a result. Despite London’s population growing by almost a million in the last decade, the number of fires in the capital is at an all time low.

“The London Fire Brigade has worked incredibly hard to make London a safer city. Using a sophisticated approach, it has targeted those people who are more likely to have a fire and provided them with potentially life saving advice and smoke alarms.

“People across the capital are benefitting from the hard work of our of firefighters. However, whilst London has become a safer place to live, work and visit, there is no room for complacency. Brigade chiefs are committed to keeping people in the capital even safer, not least by preventing fires from happening in the first place.”

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