West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has had a busy Bonfire Night with almost 400 emergency calls received by our Control Room over the course of the evening.
Firefighters and Control Room staff have worked tirelessly to ensure people’s safety and we are pleased to report there has been no reported injury to members of the public as a result of bonfires.
In total the Fire Service dealt with 164 (secondary fires) on Bonfire Night, between the hours of 1600 hrs and midnight, which are fires like grass or rubbish fires.
Of these 68 were bonfires that had got out of control and were posing a danger.
Sadly, there were a handful of incidents of anti-social behaviour towards the Fire Service, however, the numbers are reduced compared to last year’s bonfire weekend.
Tactical Commander for the Bonfire period, Benjy Bush said: “As usual we have had a very busy Bonfire Night and the Fire Service has been working really hard to keep people safe and quickly deal with any fires that have got out of control, posing a risk of spreading to property, or causing a danger to others.
“There have been a small number of attacks on our crews. Whilst the level of disorder has been less than in previous years, we stand by the statement that one attack is one too many.
“We must thank the community leaders, volunteers and council leaders who have rallied to support us in the lead up to Bonfire by spreading our message that we are More Than A Uniform. Early indications are that their efforts have had a real impact this year and we are hugely grateful for that.”
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Kingsman, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The Bonfire Night period is always a busy time for the police and other emergency services and this year was no exception.
“I would like to thank the vast majority of residents who celebrated safely, making the most of the events that were organised across the county or putting on responsible firework displays for family and friends at home.
“Unfortunately, there were some who again used Bonfire Night as a backdrop for anti-social behaviour. It cannot be understated that fireworks can be a highly dangerous weapon when directed at people, vehicles and properties and sadly we saw incidences of this on Bonfire Night and the days before.
“Over the four day period the Customer Contact Centre took around 600 more 999 calls, up 15% on the same period last year. There were 220 more 999 calls on Bonfire night (Monday 5 Nov) than there was last year.
“Whilst our call handlers were kept busy, we were grateful to members of the public who contacted us to give information about anti-social and criminal behaviour in their neighbourhoods and we will be reviewing evidence and making further enquiries into any offences reported to us in the coming days.”
Fire Service incidents of note
On Saturday night (November 3) crews from Cleckheaton and Rastrick fire stations attended a roof fire at a property in Halifax Road, Hightown, Liversedge shortly after 9.30pm.
A large firework rocket had been fired at a house from across the road narrowly missing pedestrians. As the firework hit the roof of the house it exploded and blew a hole in the roof and started a fire in the roof void.
Fire crews extinguished the fire and removed insulation from the roof void then covered the damaged roof with a plastic sheet.
The incident has been reported to police.
No injuries have been reported.
Round-up of each night for Fire Service
Monday, November 5th, 1600 – midnight
Number of 999 calls received 398
Total number of incidents attended – 193 (not all calls require an emergency attendance)
Bonfire related incidents 68
Primary fires 16
Secondary fires such as rubbish or grass (including bonfires) 164
Attacks on firefighters 10 (three of which were on fire appliances with fire cars in attendance)
Sunday November 4th, 1600 – midnight
Number of 999 calls received – 161
Total number of incidents attended – 92 (not all calls require an emergency attendance)
Bonfire related incidents – 31
Primary fires – 9
Secondary fires which are things like grass or rubbish fires (including bonfires) – 74
Attacks on firefighters – One attack on fire car Broadstone Way, Holmewood, Bradford
Saturday, November 3rd, 1600 – midnight
Number of 999 calls received – 272
Total number of incidents attended – 176 (not all calls require an emergency attendance)
Bonfire related incidents – 86
Primary fires – 14
Secondary fires which are things like grass or rubbish fires (including bonfires) 146
Attacks on Firefighters – nil
Friday November 2nd, 1600 – midnight
Total number of calls via 999 in this period – 91
Total number of incidents attended – 54 (not all incidents require an attendance)
Bonfire related incidents – 9
Primary fires – 12
Secondary fires which are things like grass or rubbish fires (including bonfires) – 30
Attacks on Firefighters – one attack on Odsal fire engine Burneston Gardens, Buttershaw. Throwing bottles at fire engine.
Over the course of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights
On eight occasions in total over the weekend the vehicles which were jointly staffed by fire and police officers came under attack, we call these ‘fire cars’.
The jointly crewed emergency response vehicles were a key part of our joint operational plan and attacks on them are as senseless as attacks on our own vehicles.
Four attacks were on fire engines.