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Fire Services: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire and rescue authorities did not meet the public service agreement sub-target of having an annual fatality rate from accidental fires in the home of no more than 1.25 times the national average in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (250703)

Because of inherent fluctuations in the number of fatalities in individual Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) areas, the definition of this sub-target takes the average data across a five year period, and this runs from April 2005 to March 2010.

The comparable statistics that can be calculated now are for the five year period 2002-03 to 2006-07, and are shown in the table. However this should only be used for guidance purposes and not as a means of judging FRA performance or ability to meet PSA 3 targets.

Fire authorities exceeding 1.25 times the national average rate of accidental dwelling fires

Area

Average fatality rate (per 100,000 population) based on 2002-03 to 2006-07 data

England average

0.49

Rate 1.25* the National Average

0.61

Lancashire

0.87

Greater Manchester

0.74

West Yorkshire

0.66

Durham

0.64

South Yorkshire1

0.61

1 The figure for South Yorkshire is higher than 1.25* the national average when taken to three decimal places.