Analysis of fire and rescue service performance and outcomes….
….with reference to population socio-demographics – Fire Research Series 9/2008
The analysis included examining certain socio-demographics that may correlate with dwelling fires such as, single person households, ethnicity, sick/disabled and lone pensioners.
The investigation involved using a number of large data sets and matching them to fire data, these data sets included:
Indices of Multiple Deprivation;
Census Data (2001);
Fire Data for 2002, 2003 and 2004;
FDR1 data for smoke detector data;
This work also included a predicative assessment of FRS performance. It aims to help individual FRSs review their CFS targets.
The project found that areas with higher proportions of Black, African-Caribbean and other Black persons had lower rates of fire once you controlled for deprivation and the proportion of single parent households. This was contrary to common perceptions of the relationship between ethnicity and the risk of fire in the home.