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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Busy Bonfire Weekend for Fire Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to 63 incidents last night – 24 of which were regarding bonfire or fireworks.

"We do remind people to only contact us in an emergency and to realise that we cannot prevent people from holding bonfires or setting off fireworks, we can only intervene if there is a danger to life."

Station Manager, Al Bateman

Around 20 similar incidents were attended over the weekend making this year’s bonfire weekend busier than last year when 31 bonfire or firework incidents were attended.

The majority of calls over the weekend were to out of control bonfires, some of which were false alarms but still attended by the fire service.

Station Manager, Al Bateman said: "Although we have attended a few more incidents this year compared to last year during bonfire weekend, a lot of them were not incidents we had to take any action on.

"Several of the bonfire incidents were reported as being out of control however when crews arrived at the scene they found that there were responsible adults with the bonfire so it was deemed safe.

"Fire Control have had to deal with a number of calls over the weekend and last night from people complaining about bonfires or fireworks. We do always remind people to only contact us in an emergency and to realise that we cannot prevent people from holding bonfires or setting off fireworks, we can only intervene if there is a danger to life.

"Thankfully we have attended no major incidents or injuries over the weekend so although we were still busy we’re thankful that people in Staffordshire stayed safe."