232 09 23 – Lithium Battery Fires 2017-2023 (September 2023)

Date of Request

September 23


Dear Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service,

As a freedom of information request, please provide data regarding the number of lithium battery related fires you have recorded. Specifically, please provide:

– Annual totals for the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and so far in 2023

– Those annual totals split by the type of lithium device involved (such as e-bike, e-cigarette, e-scooter).

– Those annual totals split by the number of related injuries or fatalities

Please provide such data electronically, ideally as a spreadsheet.

Yours faithfully,



Dear X,

Thank you for your request for incident information which has been received by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the Service) and considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The Service does not record “E-bike” or “E-scooter” or “Lithium ion” on our incident reports. As a result this analysis has been done on the Narrative log which is a transcription of the conversation which takes place between the Incident Commander and Fire Control during an incident.

The following was used as search criteria: e-scooter, e scooter, escooter, electronic scooter, electric scooter, scooter, e-bike, e bike, ebike, electronic bike and electric bike, Li, Li-ion, Li ion and Lithium, e-cigarette, e cigarette and ecigarette.

Each year is a calendar year apart from 2023 which is January 1st – July 31st 2023.

There were no incidents for e-cigarette, e cigarette and ecigarette.

The incidents were analysed to check if they were relevant and the attached file contains the tables produced.

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