Flames Through Time: Analyzing Primary Fires in Northern Ireland (2018-2023)

by | Nov 24, 2023

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In recent years, primary fires in Northern Ireland have been a significant concern, raising questions about their frequency, types, and associated casualties. To provide a clear picture of the situation, we have gathered and analysed data spanning from 2018 to August 2023. In this blog post, we present a breakdown of the numbers and provide insights into the trends and implications.

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Unveiling Trends: Primary Fires in Northern Ireland (2018-2023)

Over the years, fire incidents in Northern Ireland have depicted fluctuating trends across various property categories. In 2018, residential properties were heavily affected, recording 1,092 incidents, followed by road vehicles with 1,082 incidents, underlining the diverse nature of fire risks. Subsequent years witnessed varying numbers, with 2019 showing a decrease in most categories, notably in residential properties. However, by 2020, the figures started to stabilize, with residential properties showing a slight increase to 1,012 incidents.

Interestingly, the count of road vehicles decreased significantly in 2020 compared to previous years. The years 2021 and 2022 saw a parallel trend in the number of incidents across several categories, with residential properties and road vehicles maintaining consistent figures. However, in 2023 year-to-date, there’s a notable decrease in incidents across the board, emphasizing a positive shift in fire incident trends, particularly in residential properties, private garages, and road vehicles. These statistics underscore the importance of ongoing vigilance and fire safety measures across property types.

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Insights into Primary Fires in Northern Ireland: 2018-2023 and Casualty Impact

From 2018 to the current year, the casualties reported within fire incidents in Northern Ireland showcase varying trends. In 2018, there were 239 incidents with one casualty, followed by 98 incidents with two casualties and 51 incidents with three casualties. Additionally, there were eight incidents reporting four casualties, while incidents with five casualties numbered 30. Six casualties were reported in six incidents, whereas incidents with seven and eight casualties each stood at zero and eight, respectively.

Notably, incidents with twelve casualties also showed zero occurrences in 2018. The subsequent years displayed fluctuating patterns in casualty occurrences within incidents, with variations in the number of incidents across different casualty brackets. These numbers reflect the diverse impact of fire incidents on casualties and the varying intensities of these occurrences over the years.


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Tracing Flames: Primary Fires Across Stations 2018-2023

The primary fire incidents across various stations in Northern Ireland have showcased dynamic trends over the years. Stations like Antrim, Armagh, and Ballymena had varying counts from 2018 to 2023, reflecting fluctuations in fire incidents within their respective areas. Stations such as Bangor, Lisburn, and Northland Road exhibited varying patterns, with peaks in certain years and notable declines in others.

Conversely, stations like Ballycastle and Portaferry maintained relatively lower counts across the mentioned years. Some stations, including Crescent Link and Central, experienced fluctuations, demonstrating the changing nature of fire incidents across different regions. These statistics highlight the need for tailored firefighting strategies and continuous vigilance to address varying trends in fire incidents across Northern Ireland.

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The comprehensive examination of fire incident data spanning from 2018 to 2023 in Northern Ireland paints a vivid picture of the dynamic nature of these occurrences. The fluctuations observed across different categories—be it by property type, casualties, or stations—highlight the ever-changing landscape of fire incidents. Trends emerged, revealing areas of concern and moments of progress. Residential properties and road vehicles often stood out as frequent settings for primary fires, urging heightened preventive measures.

The varied casualty counts underscored the impact of these incidents, while the station-wise data showcased diverse regional patterns in fire occurrences. Collectively, these insights emphasise the imperative for targeted strategies, continuous vigilance, and community-wide efforts to curtail and mitigate the risks associated with primary fires in Northern Ireland. The data serves as a foundation, offering a roadmap to bolster fire safety measures and work collectively towards a safer future for all.

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