GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has
praised the county's residents following Bonfire
Despite it being busier than last year, the evening passed
relatively safely with just a handful of injuries and no major
Overall, the fire service control room received around 650 calls
from the public on November 5, compared to 438 last year.
Firefighters attended 474 incidents, compared to 334 last year.
However firework related incidents fell.
Director of Prevention and Protection, Peter O'Reilly, said: "It
has been a busy firework and bonfire period in comparison to
last year as we anticipated, with Bonfire Night falling on a
Saturday and with the weather conditions staying clear and dry.
"Whilst, compared to last year, the overall number of
incidents are up, the number of firework related incidents GMFRS
was called to reduced, falling from 15 to nine."
The GMFRS results in relation to fireworks were mirrored by
those from their partners at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) - who
saw a 6% drop in the number of firework related incidents across
Greater Manchester on the 5 November.
The two emergency services have been working together in the run
up to Bonfire Night to make communities as safe as possible through
a campaign called Treacle, which also involves a range of other
partners, including local councils and the Passenger Transport
Chief Superintendent Jon Rush the Treacle Partnership lead
for GMP said: "GMP has worked with GM Fire and Rescue Service and
local authority partners throughout the autumn period, preparing
our approach to Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night.
"This activity, which has included inputs to schools and visits
to premises selling fireworks, has culminated in over 300
additional GMP staff being dedicated to preventing anti-social
behaviour and supporting the community in enjoying Bonfire
"Our activity will continue throughout the rest of the weekend.
However the early indications are that we have seen a similar
number of firework related incidents to last Bonfire night."
Last night fire crews across Greater Manchester were busy
dealing with a range of emergencies. Around 70% of calls to the
control room were bonfire related but there were also a number of
commercial fires, 10 property fires and three road traffic
collisions that required the attendance of multiple appliances.
Firefighters reported four firework or bonfire related injuries
to the public. Early on in the evening a 14-year-old girl in Little
Hulton received injuries to her leg due to a firework. Elsewhere in
the county, a man received burns to his hand after
trying to light a bonfire using petrol and in Farnworth a man
fell onto a bonfire.
Between 5.30pm and midnight fire control operators answered
around 490 calls but although it was busy, it passed without major
incident. GMFRS also updated the public utilising Twitter,
tweeting incident updates throughout the evening of Friday and
Saturday, which received a very positive response.
Peter O'Reilly, added: "GMFRS staff and volunteers have spent
considerable time going out to schools and communities, educating
them on firework and bonfire safety. This, coupled with a targeted
Facebook and radio campaign, has undoubtedly had positive
"Although we still have a few days to go until the general sale
of fireworks stops, I think, overall, the people of Greater
Manchester should be praised for their sensible approach to the
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