Scottish Fire Statistics Published – Increase in Fire Deaths Reported


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) today released the statistical bulletin Fire and Rescue Statistics, Scotland, 2014-15, presenting the latest statistics on fires, special service incidents, casualties and false alarms in Scotland.

The number of fires fell by 11 per cent in 2014-15, continuing the general downward trend of the last ten years.  The latest figures report 25,002 fires in Scotland, down from 27,979 in 2013-14.  This fall reflects an 18% decrease in the number of secondary outdoor fires (from 16,359 in 2013-14 to 13,398 in 2014-15). The number of fires attended in 2014-15 was the lowest in the last decade.

Figures show that:·         Provisionally, there were 41 fire fatalities in 2014-15 – an increase on the all-time low of 33 in 2013-14.  The number of fatal casualties in fires is prone to fluctuation because the numbers are small and while this figure is higher than in 2013-14 it is the second lowest figure in the last ten years and continues the general downward trend. ·

Of the 41 fire fatalities in 2014-15 it was established through subsequent fire investigations that 10 people had used fire as a means to commit suicide.  In previous years there had been between 2 and 4 fire fatalities a year that were found to be suicides.·         Whilst there was an increase of 6 per cent in the number of accidental dwelling fires in 2014-15, from 4,682 fires in 2013-14 to 4,953 in 2014-15, accidental dwelling fires were at their second lowest level in the last decade.·

Of the 5,571 dwelling fires in 2014-15, most were accidental (88 per cent).  Deliberate dwelling fires continued a downward trend at 618 fires down from 649 the previous year.·

False alarms accounted for 58 per cent of all incidents attended by the SFRS, more than any other incident type. The total number of false alarms – to fire or special service incidents – increased by 3 per cent from 2013-14 to 2014-15 (from 47,719 to 49,262). This is driven by an increase in false alarms due to equipment which increased by 6 per cent.  This may in part reflect an increase in the number of alarms fitted in Scotland, though further analysis is required to explore this further.·

There were 10,740 special service incidents (i.e. non-fire incidents) attended by the SFRS in 2014-15, an increase from the previous year of 1,578 incidents (17 per cent).  This is the first increase in the past six years.  Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) where a fire did not occur were the most common type of special service incident (2,293 incidents), and ‘effecting entry or exit’ was the next most frequent type of special service at 1,781 incidents. The full statistical publication and data tables, including Local Authority breakdowns for 2013-14, is available at

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