WITH bonfire night over for another year, fire chiefs are delighted to report a major reduction in the number of calls received by control operators; a sharp fall in the number of incidents attended by fire crews and no reported injuries.
During the 24 hour period on November 5, control room operators received 247 calls compared to 284 last year; received reports of 45 bonfires compared to 87 in 2007 and fire crews attended 109 incidents compared to 164 last year.
Over the bonfire period, fire crews have patrolled various areas using targeted response vehicles (TRVs), which are midi fire engines predominantly used to tackle small incidents such as wheelie bin and rubbish fires.
Using the TRVs has many benefits as it means that larger appliances are free to tackle incidents which could be of a more serious nature and firefighters are able to continue to carry out their vital community engagement work.
Councillor Tony Hooton, chair of the Fire Authority, said: “I am delighted to see this huge reduction in the number of bonfire related incidents and calls and believe that this highlights the extensive community safety work that we undertake to help keep our communities safe.
“However, I am aware that some people may have their events this coming weekend and would once again urge them to take care and ensure that they always use fireworks responsibly and safely”.
Mark Cashin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Community Risk Reduction, added: “We have continually advised people to attend organised events rather than have their own private bonfire parties this year as this is where the highest number of firework related injuries take place. I think these statistics clearly show that people have taken that advice and had an enjoyable and safe bonfire night.”
For more information about organised bonfires in their area, residents can visit our website, www.cheshirefire.gov.uk