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  • Release date: 28 February 2013
  • Period covered: 2011-12
An annual report which includes information on vehicles, school fires, source and hazardous materials, casualties, prevention and location.

The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 28 February 2012.


  • the Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended 2,038 deliberate primary fires in 2011-12, a decrease of 18 per cent compared with the previous year and of 72 per cent compared with 2001-02
  • in 2011-12, 64 per cent of deliberate fires were in South Wales, 23 per cent in Mid and West Wales, and 13 per cent were in North Wales
  • around 1 in 5 deliberate fires in 2010-11 in Wales occurred in April.


  • in 2011-12, there were 939 primary fires started deliberately in vehicles, a decrease of 23 per cent compared with the previous year.

School fires:

  • in 2011-12, there were 16 deliberate fires in schools, equating to 43 per cent of all fires in schools.

Source and Hazardous Materials:

  • furniture and furnishings were the materials first ignited in 20 per cent of deliberate primary fires in the combined figures for 2009-10 to 2011-12
  • of the dangerous substances in deliberate primary fires in total in 2009-10 to 2011-12, 70 per cent were flammable liquids.


  • in 2011-12, there were 1 fatal casualty and 64 nonfatal casualties in deliberate fires.


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