Fire incidents are catergorised into three different types. These are primary fires, secondary fires and chimney fires. 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 fires 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 exisits between statistics prior and post April 2009. Also, some of the incident subtypes are not the same and IRS contains many more subtypes. The charts below show the previous ten years data since, the data has been aggregated to groups to enable some comparisons to be made.
All Fires - (Click image to enlarge)
Primary Fires - (Click image to enlarge)
2015/16 Primary Fires Subtypes - (Click image to enlarge)
Secondary Fires - (Click image to enlarge)
As the number of the chimney fires is so small in comparison to the other fire types please refer the chart 'Number of Fires Attended Since April 2001' above to see the number of chimney fires since April 2001.