All Incidents

A combined total of all incidents where the London Fire Brigade sent an 'attendance' as a result of being called to an emergency. Incidents include fires; special services, such as road traffic accidents and releasing people shut in a lift, as well as false alarms. The different terms are explained in more detail below.

Fires

We categorise fires in different ways. The most serious fires are called 'primary fires' and generally involve property. Smaller fires, like rubbish and open land fires, are generally called 'secondary fires'. We categorise some fires as 'late calls' where we attend after the fire has been put out.

Primary fire (serious)

A 'primary fire' is a serious fire which involved a death, casualties, a rescue or was attended by more than four fire engines.

Secondary fires (minor)

A 'secondary fire' is a minor fire in grassland, a garden, a rubbish container, a derelict building/vehicle etc. There would be no deaths, casualties, or rescues at a 'secondary fire'.

Special Services

A 'special service' is an emergency that does not involve a fire. This includes a range of different events including; attending road traffic collisions, releasing people shut in a lift, helping people to get in to or out of premises, assisting with flooding, helping make buildings or structures safe, etc. For the time being only road traffic collisions and shut in lift releases have been included on this website.

Road traffic collisions

A type of special service where the Brigade attends at a road traffic collision generally to extract people trapped in/under a vehicle(s).

Shut in lift releases

A 'shut in lift release' is where the Brigade attends to release people who are shut in a broken down lift.

False alarm

A 'false alarm' is where, on arrival, no fire or other non-fire emergency can be found at the location. A false alarm is categorised into 'good intent' or 'malicious' and is caused by an automatic fire alarm or fire detection system.

False alarm good intent

A false alarm call believed to have been made in good faith where, on arrival, no fire or other non-fire emergency can be found at the location.

Malicious false alarms attended

A false alarm believed to have been a hoax or prank call made with the apparently malicious intention of getting the Brigade to send firefighters for no reason. The Brigade has a call filtering system in place and does not now attend as many hoax calls as it used to. The data on this website is only for calls we turn up to.

False alarms due to automatic fire alarms in non-domestic buildings

A false fire alarm where the call to the Brigade was made by, or in response to, fire detection equipment.

Deliberate fires

These incidents include fires that were thought to be deliberately started or the motive is not known.

Deliberate primary fires

A primary (or serious) fire that, in the opinion of the Brigade, was started deliberately.

Deliberate secondary fires

A secondary (or smaller) fire that, in the opinion of the Brigade, was started deliberately.

1st fire engine attending

The 1st fire engine to arrive at an incident.

2nd fire engine attending

The 2nd fire engine to arrive at an incident.