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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

V for Victory as minor incidents only at Festival

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has praised V Festival goers for taking care over the weekend which has resulted in a very low number of incidents. 

"Given that there were over 85,000 people at the event, it was a very small number of incidents and firefighters have dealt with no injuries."

Mick Jahn, Fire Safety Manager.

The Service’s on-site response team attended only 37 minor incidents – down from last year’s 54 – over the festival weekend and no additional resources were needed. 

Fire Safety Manager, Mick Jahn said: “The event as a whole went extremely well. Over the years we have established an excellent working relationship with the festival promoters and other agencies involved including other emergency services and private and voluntary organisations.

“We had a number of minor isolated incidents over the three days, including giving assistance to medical teams. We also had several small fires to deal with this morning due to people deciding that rather than packing up their tent they would set fire to it. 

“However, given that there were over 85,000 people at the event, it was a very small number of incidents and firefighters have dealt with no injuries.”

He explained that firefighters and officers had worked on rotation over the three days, providing on-site response to incidents and event control had provided multi-agency co-ordination at all times. 

The Service’s Prevent team also spent three days at the site giving out safety advice and showing safety films, while over 500 people completed a questionnaire on road  safety which will enable the Service and its partners to learn more about young people’s attitudes. 

The Service also gained 143 new Twitters followers, which is much higher than the average weekend gain, and over 150 people entered a competition to win VIP camping tickets to next year’s festival.