Primary fires are the most serious type of fire. Reductions in primary fires can be attributed to targeted fire prevention and protection work.
There were 3468 Primary fires in 2018/19 which is higher than the 3271 in 2017/18. Fire fatalities in 2018/19 were 13, which is lower than the 17 in 2017/18. Fire Casualties have increased, being 208 in 2018/19 and 193 in 2018/19.
Primary Fires 2018/19 (opens in new window)
We work, in partnership with other agencies, to try to reduce the number of arson incidents across West Yorkshire.
Primary deliberate fires have increased by 1.5% between 2017/18 (1516) and 2018/19 (1538) and secondary deliberate fires have increased by 19.2% (from 5198 to 6197).
Deliberate Fires 2017/18
Preventative work carried out by the service can be quantified by a reduction of occurrences of accidental dwelling fires (ADF).
Accidental dwelling fires have increased by 5.1% between 2017/18 (923) and 2018/19 (970) and injuries arising from these accidental dwelling fires have increased from 119 to137. The number of deaths in accidental dwelling fires has decreased from 12 to 10.
Regular fire prevention campaigns and Safe and Well visits have promoted the use and maintenance of smoke alarms in dwellings. In 2018/19, smoke alarms activated in 55.88% of dwelling fires; which is a decrease on the 56.67% during 2017/18, but remains a huge improvement on 27.90% during 2004/05.
Accidental Dwelling Fires 2018/19
In 2018/19 we received 2890 false alarm calls resulting from alarms raised by automatic fire detection equipment in non-domestic premises. This is a decrease of 10.9% on the previous year’s 3243 false alarm calls.
To further reduce the instances of false alarms within non-domestic premises, WYFRS introduced a charging policy for persistent false alarms on 1 April 2014. The pilot which ran for 18 months sought to encourage those responsible for fire alarms to manage them appropriately and reduce the number of false alarms we attend. For those who continue to generate persistent false alarms that result in the attendance of WYFRS a charge of £350 is issued.
False Alarm Calls 2018/19
During the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) received 271 compliments and 55 complaints.
The number of compliments indicates that the service provided by WYFRS to its local communities continues to meet and, at times, exceed the public’s expectations of our performance.
The reports below provide details of compliments and complaints for each of the periods 2009/10 to 2018/19.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reports on performance regularly throughout the year. These reports include targets which are set annually. For the latest report click on the link below:
Performance Management Report 2019-20
The final reports for the previous three years is shown below:
Performance Management Report 2018-19
Performance Management Report 2017-18
Performance Management Report 2016-17
Performance Management Report 2015-16
Performance Management Report 2014-15