False Alarm Incident Statistics

False alarms incidents are catergorised into three different types.  These are false alarms due to apperatus, false alarms due to good intent and malicous false alarms. For information on what these categories consist of please visit our page 'Incident Types We Attend'.

The information below describes the number and types of false alarms County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has attended in the previous 10 years. Please note that in April 2009 the national incident recording system (IRS) was introduced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).  This new national system required all fire and rescue services to record and submit details of every incident they attend to DCLG in great detail.  Prior to April 2009 much less detailed information was submitted to DCLG.

This new system also contains specific guidance on how to categorise incidents.  As a result of this greater detail and further guidance some disparity exits between statistics prior and post April 2009.  Also, some of the incident subtypes are not the same and IRS contains many more subtypes.  Therefore in the charts below showing data since 2001, the data has been aggregated to groups to enable some comparisons to be made.

All False Alarms - (Click image to enlarge)

False Alarms 2019

False Alarms Due to Apparatus - (Click image to enlarge)

False Alarms 2019 - Apparatus

False Alarms Due to Good Intent - (Click image to enlarge)

False Alarms 2019 - Good Intent


False Alarms Malicious - (Click image to enlarge)

False Alarms 2019 - Malicious

Top 10 Locations for False Alarms in Buildings - (Click image to enlarge)

The following chart shows the top ten most common building types for false alarms.  These top ten make up 509 (55%) of all false alarms (932) in 2018/19. 

False Alarms 2019 - Locations