Increase in bonfire incidents

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Fire crews dealt with more incidents on Bonfire Night, latest figures have revealed.

Statistics from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service had an increase in call outs this Bonfire Night compared to 2013.

The number of bonfires put out by the service on Wednesday, November 5, was 13, slightly higher than the ten from last year.

There were also 11 false alarm calls to supervised bonfires, again a slight increase from last year when there were only nine.

However, there was a significant 52 per cent decrease in the number of calls Fire Control received throughout the evening, with only 47 calls received compared to 97 the previous year.

Out of these calls, none were deemed to be no action calls, where it was decided a crew wasn’t needed, compared to 23 in 2013.

Unfortunately, there was one incidence of violence at work this year – the first since 2008. Fire crews were verbally abused when they attended a bonfire in Newsham.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer at Northumberland County Council, said: “The statistics for November 5 show a slight increase in bonfire related incidents from last year, but these figures are still relatively low and is something we should be proud of.

“I’m also pleased that the number of calls to Fire Control has decreased significantly.”