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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

V Festival Free From Major Fire Incidents

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has praised festival goers for taking heed of the recommended fire safety guidance over the weekend.

"We will still however continue to work together in identifying any improvements to make next year’s, and future, events even safer."

Risk Reduction Manager, Alan McEntire

The Service reported that there were minor incidents only during the festival weekend and no additional resources, other than the ones on site, were required to attend any incidents.

Risk Reduction Manager, Alan McEntire said: "We had perhaps 50 minor incidents over the three days including rubbish fires, a few tents and a number of gas cylinders, none of which were too serious. Given that there were over 90,000 people at the event, this is a very small number of incidents.

"We had around 60 firefighters and 10 officers on rotation over the four days providing on site response to incidents and multi agency co-ordination within event control at all times.

"The event as a whole went well and our work with the festival promoters and other agencies involved has obviously paid off.  We will still however continue to work together in identifying any improvements to make next year’s, and future, events even safer."

Dawn Woodhouse of the Cake Group added: "We have brought V Festival to Weston Park for 12 year’s now and in that time have built excellent working relationships with all agencies.  We are very pleased to be able to return to Weston Park year after year, we thank all agencies involved with making V the success it is and look forward to planning 2011 after a good rest."