Research and Statistics

Dennis Davis CBE, QFSM

Workstream Chair

Dennis Davis CBE, QFSM

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The aim of Research and Statistics Workstream is to ensure Fire Sector Federation members, and those who work with or may be influenced by the fire sector, are aware of the scientific and statistical evidence that exists and that might be applied to help create a safer society. Specific activities focus on three areas:

  • Statistics: support and encouragement in the collation and analysis of data related to fire and the wider requirements of integrated risk management planning. The FSF has a continuing relationship with the UK Fire and Rescue Statistics User Group and is reviewing a project investigating the economic cost of fire.
  • Applied research: the use of empirical knowledge and the application of innovative solutions is viewed as essential to improve preventative, mitigation and response options. The intention is to capture information relating to technologies, studies and policies that may assist FSF members and others achieve these improvements.
  • Knowledge exchange: identification of source materials with routes of access to that information, emphasising open access, is central to this plan. The current initiative is to develop a Fire Foundation to provide a think tank capability and to identify a suitable host web platform.

Cost of Fire Sub-Group
The Cost of Fire sub-group is effectively a ‘task and finish group’ aiming to deliver a specific project that have been identified as being of value to the fire sector; that is:

  • Produce a relevant Economic Cost of Fire report, similar to that formerly published in England by DCLG in 2011 based on 2008 figures, that contains a new set of measures for the cost of fire that importantly, shows better the balanced impact of expenditure and savings arising from fire today.
  • One aim is to use descriptors and reliable sources that are resilient in the future so as to enable use as predictive tools as well as being used to reflect of past performance.