The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is the largest fire and rescue service in the UK. The service is there to make London a safer city. Here you will find data on its performance in recent months for key aspects of its work. The LFB responds to fires and other emergencies, but in recent years there has been a much stronger emphasis on fire prevention and community safety.
Primary fires are serious fires that involve damage to occupied buildings; involve casualties or which are attended by five or more fire engines. Secondary fires are smaller fires. Figures presented here are provisional.
Key point: The number of primary (serious) fires in dwellings in April 2013 was 506 compared with 514 a year earlier and was 2% down on the same quarter (Feb-Apr) last year. Primary fires in buildings other than dwellings went up 2% over the same period.
The total number of fires attended by the London Fire Brigade.
Key Point: There was a 13% increase in the number of all fires in April 2013 compared with the previous month. However, there has been a 15% drop in the number of fires compared with the same quarter (Feb-Apr) last year.
Primary fires accounted for 41% of the total number of fires in April 2013.
The number of arson incidents attended by the London Fire Brigade.
Key point: The number of arson incidents fell by 14 per cent over the last 12 months, and there was a 32% fall between the most recent quarter (Feb-Apr) and the same quarter last year.