World Fire Statistics Issue no 22 - 2017
Photo: (Above) The 2017 Port Hills fires were wildfires in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand. Two separate fires, several kilometres apart, started on Monday afternoon on 13 February 2017. By Wednesday night, the fires had combined to one large area. A helicopter crashed helping to fight the fires, causing the death of the pilot. Nine houses were destroyed and a further two were significantly damaged by the fires, and hundreds of residents were evacuated. In two years´time, this fire will be included in the 2019 World Fire Statistics publication by CTIF.
The Center for Fire Statistics (CFS) of The International Association of Fire and Rescue Services ( CTIF) presents its latest report No2, containing fire statistics of many CTIF countries and their larger cities for 2015 and trends for 2011-2015.
This report includes statistics on numbers and rates of fires, deaths and injuries due to fires, and on-duty firefighter deaths and injuries whether sustained at fires or not. The report also includes statistics on numbers of non-fire emergency responses, by major type of incident, and numbers and rates of firefighters, fire service apparatus and stations.
The fire and loss statistics for 2015 are based on data from 31 countries and 35 of the cities in the World.
Data on fires and losses during 2011-2015 are provided from 43 countries that have supplied data for one or more of the five years in 2011-2015. In each table, the number of countries with data shown varies depending on the number of countries that have reported data for the displayed statistics at any time in 2011-2015. In addition, statistics on resources of the fire service are presented for 54 countries.
In table 1 , an overview of the fire problem in the World for 1993-2015 is presented. Statistical data for earlier years are carried forward unchanged from previous reports, even though countries that join the report for the first time often provide data for older years. In many years, we welcome the participation of even more countries. We see this as a sign that more and more countries are developing national fire statistics and publishing their results in readily accessible documents.
However, the number of participating countries has dropped from an average of 50 per year in 1997-2001 to 33 per year in 2011-2015. We hope that the future will see even more countries participating and more countries providing current data.