In 2016/17, we attended 4,485 fires. This equates to 25.4 fires per 10,000 population, which is higher than the previous year. However, a long term downward trend continues.
Over the three years from April 2014 to the end of March 2017 there was an average of 24.2 fires per 10,000 population, we have set a target to reduce this rate by 15% over the next three years (2015-18).
Factors such as quality of housing, the make up of the local community, or levels of anti-social behaviour can influence the number of fires that occur. However, the weather is one of the key factors affecting the number of fires. Broadly speaking, the hotter and drier the weather, the higher the number of fires.
This chart shows our performance over the last three years (dark blue bars) as well as our performance targets for last year and the next three years (red bar). Our past performance is also compared against the average (grey bars) and top 25% performance of all 46 fire and rescue authorities in England (yellow line) as well as against a group of 15 fire and rescue authorities in England which are very similar to us according to the CIPFA nearest neighbour model (blue line). Projections updated to include 2016/17 performance.
| || 13/14 Actual || 14/15 Actual || 15/16 Actual ||16/17 Actual || 3-year avg projection (2015-18) || 3-year avg target (2015-18) |
|Incidents per 10,000 population ||24.1 ||21.3 || 21.3 ||25.4 ||25.6 ||21.1 |
** CLG provisional figures