Update of response time loss relationships for the Fire Service Emergency Cover toolkit – Fire Research Report 3/2010
The Fire Service Emergency Cover (FSEC) toolkit uses formulae that relate response times to the loss of life and property in fires and special service incidents. These relationships were developed, mostly, using fire and incident data.
The draft report provides a summary of analysis completed to review and up-date response time – loss relationships used in the FSEC toolkit, specifically the response time fatality rate relationships used for:
Special Services – last updated in an analysis reported in 2003 using 1999 data;
Other Buildings – which uses relationships developed in 1998 using data from the 1990’s;
Other Buildings – which also uses relationships developed in 1999 using 1998 data.
The aims of the work were to use more recent data in order to develop up-to-date relationships for use in FSEC.
In addition, doubts have been expressed regarding the accuracy of the Other Building fatality predictions, specifically the response time-fatality rate relationship. Therefore, this re-analysis provided an opportunity to also explore whether another and more accurate approach could be adopted for Other Building fatalities.