Communities come together for bonfire celebrationsPosted 06/11/2013 14:10:36
Communities across North Wales came together last night at breathtaking firework and bonfire displays across the region.
Senior Fire Safety Manager Gary Brandrick thanked the public for heeding North Wales Fire and Rescue Service's safety messages. He said: "I was extremely pleased to hear that no one was seriously injured during last night's celebrations in North Wales, and that the majority of residents took advantage of the organised firework displays across North Wales. They are the safest type of displays, have the best facilities and offer the best value for money. Bonfire celebrations see an increase in anxiety for senior citizens and pet owners, so attending community events helps reduce this distress."
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service received 74 calls into the control room between 6pm on the 5th of November and 7.30am on the 6th of November, and attended 28 incidents. These incidents included a number of bonfires left unattended and a large gorse fire caused by a firework in Holyhead.
Gary added: "The number of calls received meant a busy night for our control operators and firefighters - these incidents, repeat calls and calls for advice received highlight why we are encouraging residents to attend organised displays and avoid letting off fireworks themselves. Many included unattended bonfires and some deliberate fires, which put unnecessary pressure on our resources - these incidents put the perpetrators, our firefighters and the community as a whole at risk."