The geographical area served by Fulwell Community Fire Station spans relatively affluent residential to large pre/post war council estates, a large number of high rise residential and light and heavy industrial. It also includes Sunderland Football Club’s, Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth Hospital, a substantial riverside risk, parts of Sunderland University and halls of residence.
The population, based on the 2001 Census, is 71,743 persons who are predominantly from Anglo-Saxon background (96.4%) with a combined ethnic group of (5.0%). There are 31,221 dwellings within the Station area with approximately: -
Single parent families occupy 7.2% of dwellings, with 16.9 % single pensioner households.
Levels of unemployment across this area vary from 10.1% for males and 5.9% for females compared to the national average of 4.7% (2001 census). These figures reflect the wide variety of socio-economic groups residing within individual neighbourhoods, which can be linked to the risk of dwelling fires occurring within the area. This is illustrated in the map of the station area (the red indicates areas where the risk of having a dwelling fire is well above average, orange is above average, yellow is average, blue is below average and green is well below average).