FEATURE18 August 2020

Mapping fire risk

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London Fire Brigade is using data science and analytics to understand more about fire, and to shape how the service responds and plans its resources. By Katie McQuater.


London Fire Brigade is the busiest fire and rescue service in the UK, covering 33 boroughs, more than 4m homes and a million businesses.
The work of a fire brigade doesn’t start and finish with emergency response. Aside from responding to fires in London, the service is firmly focused on prevention. It carries out a number of efforts in this area, including around 80, 000 home visits and 1, 000 school visits a year to give people advice on how to prevent and detect fire.

In the past decade, fires in London have reduced by 34%, with just under 18, 000 fires attended in the city in 2019, compared with more than 27, 000 in 2010, and LFB has attributed the reduction to this integrated approach to prevention.

Data is key to informing all of these efforts, from interactive dashboards using Transport for London (TfL) road data to GPS data-mapping the routes fire engine drivers take.

LFB is also using data science ...