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22/08/13 09:34

Fire and Rescue Services Statistics, Scotland 2012-2013

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Fire and Rescue Services Statistics, which provides statistics on Fire and Rescue Services workforce, stations and equipment, Home Fire Safety Visits, non-domestic fire safety and attacks on Fire and Rescue Service personnel at incidents.

The key findings of the statistics are:

Workforce

  • On the 31 March 2013, the headcount of Fire and Rescue Services staff in Scotland was 8,964, of which 13 per cent are female.
  • There has been a decrease of 1% in the headcount of Fire and Rescue Service staff between 31 March 2012 and 2013.

Attacks on Fire and Rescue Services Personnel

  • The figures for 2012-13 recorded 80 incidents where attacks on fire and rescue service personnel occurred; this was a decrease of 32 incidents (29 %) from 2011-12.

Home Fire Safety Visits

  • In 2012-13, Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Services carried out 56,251 Home Fire Safety Visits, – approximately 1 visit for every 45 dwellings in Scotland. During these visits, a total of 44,122 smoke alarms were installed.

Non – Domestic Fire Safety

  • In 2012-13, Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Services completed 7,994 fire safety audits and 43 enforcement notices and 22 prohibition notices. This represents 6 per cent of known non-domestic premises in Scotland and took 41,079 hours.
  • Of the 7,994 fire safety audits that were completed, 90 per cent were found to have reached compliant standards after the initial inspection.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff.

Notes to editors

1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01051

2. This is the fourth year that the Scottish Government has published data on Scotland’s 8 Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs). On 1st April 2013, the 8 FRSs of Scotland became the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The statistics in this publication cover the year immediately preceding the establishment of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and thus cover the 8 FRSs.

3. There have been changes in the definition used for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

4. The workforce, Home Fire Safety Visits and non-domestic fire safety audit statistics in this release are based upon annual returns by Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Services to the Scottish Government. Data on attacks on Fire and Rescue Service personnel are extracted from the Incident Recording System. Data for stations and equipment are supplied by CIPFA statistics.

5. Further information on fire statistics within Scotland can be accessed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice.

6. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About.