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Fire Services: Hoaxes and False Alarms

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm fire emergency calls have been received in (i) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire and (ii) the City of Southampton in each of the last five years. (250172)

The information requested is available in the following table, however information regarding incidents attended by the Fire and Rescue Service is not available at a local level.

False fire alarms attended by Fire and Rescue Services, England, 2003-071

England

Hampshire

Total false fire alarms

Malicious

Good intent

Due to apparatus

Total false fire alarms

Malicious

Good intent

Due to apparatus

20031

387,032

47,010

108,721

231,301

10,333

788

2,945

6,600

2004

365,304

39,229

91,178

234,897

9,827

666

2,431

6,730

2005

354,786

30,264

92,151

232,371

10,018

592

2,695

6,731

2006

349,846

25,428

94,651

229,767

9,565

612

3,018

5,935

20072

334,045

22,306

94,322

217,417

7,746

505

3,205

4,036

1 Includes estimates for incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action.

2 Provisional.