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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Community Safety Options report statistics evidence

Reference No: 077/2015
Request Date: 08/07/2015


At the recent Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority Fire Committee meeting, the Community Safety Options report document was presented- agenda item number 7.

The content refers to a number of statistics with a statement that over the last 11 years the Service has experienced a change in demand for the emergency in the last 6 years Staffordshire has been getting safer with demand placed on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service reducing considerably.

Through a combination of prevention, protection and response activity the Service has been very successful in driving down the number of fires in Staffordshire.

I have produced a table and populated a number of figures that have been provided by SFRS can you please provide figures for the 11 year period for;-.

  • Number of calls 
  • Accidental Fires in Dwellings
  • Casualties/deaths
  • Unwanted Fire Signals
  • Road Traffic Collisions attended by the Service
  • Road Traffic collision Killed & Seriously Injured/ deaths 

Can you also provide me with the dates that were significant in the recording of statistics over the eleven year period that affected the figures for example, call challenging, AFD strategy, and recording criteria for casualties at fires in dwellings.

I would also be interested to know how SFRS evidence the claim that a combination of prevention, protection and response activity have been  successfully in driving down the number of fires in Staffordshire, can you please provide me with more specific information, for example any best value performance indicators that evaluate this claim,  any in house evaluation evidence  that substantiate this claim along with the specific activities that the CFO is referring to and how the activity is evaluated.


See spreadsheet together with the supporting evidence below:

NB. The spreadsheet contains a tab for Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) this does not include data for ‘seriously injured’ as this information is not held by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service. You may be able to obtain this information from Staffordshire County Council.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been successful in driving down the numbers of fires in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent through a combination of prevention, protection and response, this claim is supported by the following evidence:

  1. The Total number of incidents the Service attends continues to reduce year on year
  2. The successful reduction in deaths and injuries down to 27 in 2013/14. This has further reduced again in 2014/15 down to just 20
  3. The 54% reduction in fires involving property also in the last 10  years 

This reduction has been delivered and supported by the following:

  1. The Corporate Safety plan for the Service focusses upon prevention and protection of our communities recognising that is much more effective and cheaper to focus on prevention rather than cure.
  2. The continued investment in our extensive Home Fire Risk Check programme (HFRC). Nationally the Fire and Rescue Service completes around 670,000 checks per year which has been instrumental in the national reduction in demand of around 50% by focusing on prevention, rather than just reacting to, fires
  3. The transformation of our buildings into community assets (i.e. Community Fire Stations) particularly through our PFI programme has ensured that the diverse communities that we serve have better access to their Fire and Rescue Service.   By 2016 the Authority will have 28 community fire stations across the County of Staffordshire all of which have some space made available, free of charge, to community groups and partners for activities which support the priorities of Staffordshire Strategic Partnership. Currently there are over 2000 hours of community use on average per month, allowing the Service to fully engage and better understand the needs of our communities
  4. The Service and partners continue to identify and signpost vulnerable members of our community. We also use data intelligently to  identify and target key risks within our communities, now including the utilisation of MOSAIC and the planned introduction of Exeter Health data from September 2015