Bonfire night marred by attacks on Northumberland Fire and Rescue crews
November 7, 2020
Northumberland Fire and Rescue crews were subject to anti-social behaviour and fireworks being thrown at them on the busiest night of year.
While the majority of residents listened to the Government advice and didn’t have bonfires and stayed home, fire crews in Northumberland still had a busy night attending incidents created by a small minority of irresponsible individuals.
Fire Control answered 214 calls compared to 111 on the 5 November last year.
Unfortunately there were several incidents of anti-social and aggressive behaviour towards crews when attending bonfires.
Crews attended 21 bonfires that were considered to be dangerous, as well as other smaller incidents which
Fire Control also answered 19 false alarm calls where no action was needed.
Paul Hedley, the chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service thanked those
He said: “While many people enjoyed a safe family bonfire night, a small minority flouted the lockdown rules and caused disruption and put unnecessary pressure on emergency services who have been working to keep communities safe.
“This is not acceptable, and we will not tolerate attacks on firefighters and we will continue to work with Northumbria Police so those responsible are held to account.”
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service work very closely with other emergency services to promote safety messages so everyone can enjoy a safe and enjoyable evening.