Welcome! Introductions – fire statistics team & around the room. Please let us know if you have any burning questions (will note on flip chart), or areas of particular interest: - will try then can expand on key points during presentation element - here to listen. Quite a number of fire data experts in audience. - presentation not of findings of our publications material (though on your chairs), but aim to provoke / stimulate. Session overview – source, how they have developed, how might they develop further? Questions. If we have spare time, then we’ll break into small groups to look at charts, and to feed back further questions. Introductions (Name, Role, Organisation, any particular interest in data, any burning questions) – allow us to start….
DCLG Statistics User Engagement Day - Fire Statistics
Fire and Rescue
Statistics User Engagement Day, 25 November 2013
• Introductions: your organisation, your role, any
particular areas of interest
• National fire and rescue data sources
• Fire and rescue incident and casualty statistics
• DCLG fire statistics publications developments and innovation
• “When will your next statistics be published?”
• Discussion and your feedback
National fire and rescue data sources (1)
Managed by DCLG Fire Statistics Team:
1. Fire and Rescue Incident Recording System
Large data base
Numerous outputs listed a couple of slides further on
2. Non-financial returns annual returns to DCLG
- staffing numbers & leavers
- injuries to firefighters
- fire prevention and education activity
- fire safety audits
Published as ‘Fire and Rescue Operational Statistics’
National fire and rescue data sources (2)
Managed by others:
3. CIPFA stats (expenditure on what +
numbers of fire stations & appliances)
4. Financial returns to DCLG
(budget, expenditure, revenue,
capital, and pension fund)
Fire and rescue incident and casualty
statistics publications (1)
1. Fire Statistics Monitor (biannual)
Headline incident and casualty data by fire and rescue
authority areas, England.
GB data in supporting data tables where agreed by
2. Fire Incidents Response Times (annual) – annual
average response times & numbers of incidents by time
bands (minute intervals) by fire and rescue authority
3. Fire Statistics Great Britain (annual) – detailed analyses
of locations and causes of fires, and analysis of the
operation of smoke alarms.
Fire and rescue incident and casualty
statistics publications (2)
Supplementary analyses (one-offs)
• The effect of alcohol or drugs on casualty rates in
accidental dwelling fires, England, 2011-12
• Analysis of fires in buildings of timber framed
construction, England, 2009 to 2012
For full details of all questions and categories:
Non-financial annual returns
Returns reduced from over 100 tables to 23:
‘Fire and Rescue Operational Statistics’
- All data published except disclosive staffing numbers
by equality and diversity strands (available on request)
- New tables with geographical filters:
#15 (audits of buildings),
#16 (injuries to firefighters).
#17 (staffing by seniority),
#18 (vehicle incidents)
- New time series tables (#s19-23)
Fire Statistics Monitor
• Expansion to 39 spreadsheet reference tables
(previously 23 tables) in response to user
requests & regularly requested data.
• Overhaul of commentary:
- Previously long standard text. ‘Elevator
- Reordered and with much of detail in new
- Reviewed footnotes and notes sections
• Two presentational experiments (Summer 2013):
1. Bullet points and charts accompanying
2. Bubble and brick diagrams…
Fire fatalities, England, 2012-13(p)
pp 4 & 5 , Fire Statistics Monitor,
(page 10 Fire Statistics Monitor)
Incidents attended by local authority fire and rescue services, England, 2012-13
Publications are the visible final step of
Publications: commentary, charts, visualisation
Data base and data set management
Any further significant development of publications to be considered
alongside facilitating access to record-level data and Open Data agenda.
New ‘CLIP’ Fire group
New Fire CLIP (Central and Local government
Information Partnership) group
In a nutshell… To ensure that data collections
carried out by Central Government is relevant,
realistic and its burden is proportionate.
- Gateway for new or significant changes,
ensuring benefit and burden are considered
- Ensure that data collections are reviewed
The ‘Single data list’
Led by ACFO Neil Odin, Hampshire Fire and Rescue,
on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association
“When will your next statistics be
Producers of official statistics are required to publish their
forward schedule. Exact dates are fixed at least one month in
advance of publication.
Two places where you can find the latest on timing of next
1. The Department’s web pages:
(Scroll down to section ‘Forthcoming publications’)
2. The UK Statistics Authority Publication Hub:
Almost time for open discussion.
Publications are spread around the room.
Some praise on two of them..
Fire Incidents Response Times
(new publication - Summer 2012)
Shortlisted for Royal Statistical Society Excellence in Official
Statistics Awards. Awarding panel’s comments were:
“engaging and informative”,
“good use of contextual data to give a rounded picture of
the statistics being reported on”, and
“what a good statistical bulletin should be”.
Fire Statistics Great Britain
“It is comfortably the best of the 4 publications I reviewed.
Context and interpretation provided by the commentary
were excellent throughout.” October 2013 - internal statistics
publications peer review programme
Plenty experts assembled today to suggest subsequent development
Please take a couple of minutes to write feedback
and suggestions onto post-its, then discussion
1. Do the new data visualisations work?
Any suggestions for improvement or alternatives?
2. Do our publications meet your requirements in terms
of: i) data quality, ii) format, and iii) timing?
3. How could we improve our publications further?
4. What other developments to fire and rescue data
and statistics would be helpful to you?
Thank you for your attention and input!
To get in touch:
i) 0303 444 2818, firstname.lastname@example.org
ii) More contact details are on front and at rear of every
iii) fire and rescue statistics feedback form:
The page also links to all our fire statistics publications.