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Incident Statistics of the CFS

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Statistics of Incidents attended by the CFS

Each CFS brigade submits details on each call response they have attended and pass them on to the State Air Desk for collation. The statistics we show on this site are provided to us by CFS Headquarters.

While every effort has been undertaken to ensure accuracy on these numbers, there may be inaccuracies and as a result, should not be used as fact. If you believe there are inaccuracies in these figures, please contact your CFS Regional Office to clarify this.

Each individual brigades incident statistics appear on their brigade page, as well as activities performed.

Statistics for 2019-20 - 20347 Responses

Accidental operation of alarm, human activity simulated cond. - 762 58 0.29%
Aircraft incident / emergency 9 0.04%
Alarm activation by outside tradesman/occupier activities - 765 125 0.61%
Alarm activation due to aerosol use (hair spray, insecticides) - 767 25 0.12%
Alarm activation due to poor building maint-dust,cobwebs,insects - 766 33 0.16%
Alarm activation due to steam, shower, bath, sauna, urn/kettle - 768 88 0.43%
Alarm operates due to extreme weather conditions - 702 45 0.22%
Alarm operates due to power surge/spike or short circuit - 707 9 0.04%
Alarm sounded no evidence of fire 219 1.08%
Alarm system suspected malfunction - 739 467 2.30%
Alarm unintentional - workmen,testing 3 0.01%
Animal rescue 94 0.46%
Arcing, shorted electrical equipment 30 0.15%
Asbestos incident no fire 2 0.01%
Assist other agencies 861 4.23%
Assist police or other gov. agency 159 0.78%
Attempt to burn 11 0.05%
Attending officer unable to locate detector indicated by alm pnl - 708 3 0.01%
Barbecue or hangi 6 0.03%
Biological hazard scare 1 0.00%
Breakdown of light ballast 2 0.01%
Brush fence 6 0.03%
Building fire 467 2.30%
Building fire - content only 102 0.50%
Building fire - structure & content 337 1.66%
Building fire - structure only 80 0.39%
Building weakend or collapsed 42 0.21%
Chemical hazard (no spills or leaks) 7 0.03%
Chemical spill or leak 26 0.13%
Chimney or flue fire 38 0.19%
Combustible / flammable leak 39 0.19%
Confined space rescue 2 0.01%
Cooking fumes (toast or foodstuffs) - 756 100 0.49%
Council or sa water causes pressure fluctuation through mains - 706 3 0.01%
Cover assignment 347 1.71%
Detector suspected malfunction - 747 159 0.78%
Did not arrive (stop call) 1084 5.33%
Dump 8 0.04%
Dumpster or other outside trash 6 0.03%
Ems - exluding vehicle accident 1 0.00%
Ems - person transported/left scene prior to arrival 1 0.00%
Excessive heat, overheat, scorch burns - no ignition 6 0.03%
Explosion 1 0.00%
Explosion with ensuing fire 1 0.00%
Extrication/rescue(not vehicle) 36 0.18%
Failure to notify when testing or incorrect test by service comp - 763 6 0.03%
Fip - normal on arrival, line fault/open line - 737 1 0.00%
Fip - reset prior to arrival by management - 730 94 0.46%
Fip activated - atu not activated management rang/bell ringing - 772 8 0.04%
Fip malfunction fault in panel, inadequate maint., low battery - 738 6 0.03%
Fip not activated - atu activated - 773 3 0.01%
Fixed alarm (smoke detector malfunction) 8 0.04%
Fixed alarm fault 17 0.08%
Flood 95 0.47%
Food stuffs burnt, confined to cooking equipment 10 0.05%
Forest fire 64 0.31%
Gas explosion 3 0.01%
Good intent call 318 1.56%
Grain / crop fire 94 0.46%
Grape spills 5 0.02%
Grass or stubble fire 3981 19.57%
Harvesting machinery fire 13 0.06%
Haystack 78 0.38%
Hazardous material 71 0.35%
Heat from short circuit (wiring) 7 0.03%
Heat related and electrical 22 0.11%
Heat/thermal detector operated, no fire, heat from source - 752 13 0.06%
High angle/vertical rescue 12 0.06%
Incinerator fire 4 0.02%
Incorrect testing by premise's staff or maintenance staff - 764 2 0.01%
Investigation (smoke) 283 1.39%
Lightning (no fire) 5 0.02%
Lock in 3 0.01%
Lock out 2 0.01%
Mailbox, bbq, gas bottle, playground 6 0.03%
Major fuel or oil spill 6 0.03%
Malicious false alarm - or mischevious damage to mcp or det/spkl - 711 27 0.13%
Mcp accidentally activated 1 0.00%
Medical assist 34 0.17%
Medical assist - cpr/ear 7 0.03%
Minor fuel or oil spill 69 0.34%
Mobile property / vehicle 322 1.58%
Mobile property fire - aircraft 1 0.00%
Mobile property fire - campervan/caravan 10 0.05%
Mobile property fire - off road vehicles 31 0.15%
Mobile property fire - passenger vehicle 249 1.22%
Mobile property fire - rail 1 0.00%
Mobile property fire - road transport vehicle 86 0.42%
Mobile property fire - water vessel 1 0.00%
Mutual aid given/change of quarters 10 0.05%
Odour or gas leak 54 0.27%
Oil or other combustible liquid spill 26 0.13%
Other (outside fire) 201 0.99%
Other assistance 94 0.46%
Outside fire (not rubbish)/goodwill bins 31 0.15%
Over pressure rupture - pipeline 1 0.00%
Overheated motor 10 0.05%
Police matter 6 0.03%
Power line down 42 0.21%
Prescribed burn 26 0.13%
Private alarm - false alarm (commercial) - 746 23 0.11%
Private alarm - false alarm (domestic) 10 0.05%
Private alarm - smoke detector malfunction 11 0.05%
Public service 3 0.01%
Radiation leak 1 0.00%
Refuse can or waste basket fire contained to rubbish 1 0.00%
Rubbish bin 33 0.16%
Rubbish fire 326 1.60%
Rubbish, refuse or waste - abandoned outside 155 0.76%
Scrub and grass fire 2684 13.19%
Search 47 0.23%
Severe weather and natural disaster 51 0.25%
Simulated condition (incense, candles) - 758 10 0.05%
Smoke detector operated, no fire - ext smke, bushfires, burnouts - 751 24 0.12%
Sprinkler water pressure fluctuations/equipment fault - 734 34 0.17%
Steam vapour, fog or dust thought to be smoke 2 0.01%
Telstra lines 2 0.01%
Tf tree fire 2 0.01%
Thermal detector suspected malfunction 1 0.00%
Threat to burn 1 0.00%
Transformer, power or utility, power pole 16 0.08%
Tree down 1850 9.09%
Tree fire 573 2.82%
Unauthorised burning 15 0.07%
Undefined event 1 0.00%
Vapour explosion 3 0.01%
Vehicle accident / no injury 1310 6.44%
Vehicle accident rescue 292 1.44%
Vehicle accident with injuries 1101 5.41%
Vehicle fire 1 0.00%
Water / ice related rescue 15 0.07%
Water and smoke 1 0.00%
Water or steam leak 4 0.02%
Water removal 2 0.01%
Wind storm 4 0.02%
Wrong location 9 0.04%
Total Incident Responses for 2019-20 20347
Total Incident Responses for 2018-19 15495
Total Incident Responses for 2017-18 16618
Total Incident Responses for 2016-17 19213
Total Incident Responses for 2015-16 16158
Total Incident Responses for 2014-15 16366
Total Incident Responses for 2013-14 18115
Total Incident Responses for 2012-13 17094
Total Incident Responses for 2011-12 14825
Total Incident Responses for 2010-11 14415
Total Incident Responses for 2009-10 13472
Total Incident Responses for 2008-09 12682
Total Incident Responses for 2007-08 13353
Total Incident Responses for 2006-07 15790
Total Incident Responses for 2005-06 13583
Total Incident Responses for 2004-05 14345
Total Incident Responses for 2003-04 13142
Total Incident Responses for 2002-03 13431
Total Incident Responses for 2001-02 12955
Total Incident Responses for 2000-01 13434
Total Incident Responses for 1999-00 11007
Total Incident Responses for 1998-99 12167
Total Incident Responses for 1997-98 10875