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EIR 1657 / November 2023 / Incident Data

Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 - For the following questions, please can you share annual data from 2018 to the present day (latest published data), also split by month if possible. If the request is likely to go beyond the allowed time frame, please respond to the above questions in order of priority.

1. How many fires in the home were reported to the fire service, split by region? (not including garden fires)

2. What were the sources of ignition for fires in the home that took place during this period?

3. What was the number of false alarms for this period?

Our Transparency website has all of the information requested, data is available from 2009/10 to present year.

To find the information that you request, download the applicable year from the ‘select category’ dropdown on the left-hand side of the page.

You are then able to select from the various fields, Incident category (column I) has the category of call so False alarm and fire can be selected from here. Property and Property sub type (column N and O) select the types you require. Main cause and Ignition source (column U and V) can be then selected to provide the data.

Regional information can be selected using Ward and District (column AC and AD)

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Incident and other data is published on our transparency site. Incident Data (

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on our website

All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.


Thank you for your interest in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, we hope this satisfies your request.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be sent to or sent to our postal address: Internal Review, System & Data Information Governance Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB.

Please ensure you quote the above reference number in all future communications