Fire chief’s Bon­fire Night warn­ing

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

East Kil­bride’s fire chief has warned any at­tacks on crews in the town on Bon­fire Night won’t be tol­er­ated.

Sta­tion man­ager David Reid told the News they are work­ing closely with Po­lice Scot­land after a mi­nor­ity of in­di­vid­u­als tar­geted fire­fight­ers in East Kil­bride in re­cent years on one of the ser­vice’s busiest nights of the year.

Mr Reid’s safety warn­ing comes as the town gears up for a night of fire­work dis­plays and bon­fires on Mon­day.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) has urged res­i­dents to go to or­gan­ised dis­plays and heed im­por­tant fire­work safety warn­ings to stop a night of fun turn­ing into one they re­mem­ber for all the wrong rea­sons.

And he has warned that un­safe bon­fires could risk lives by di­vert­ing fire­fight­ers from more se­ri­ous in­ci­dents.

Mr Reid said:“Bon­fire Night is tra­di­tion­ally one of busiest nights of the year where our re­sources can be stretched. Un­for­tu­nately, our crews and fire ap­pli­ances have been tar­geted by a mi­nor­ity of in­di­vid­u­als who think it is ac­cept­able to at­tack our per­son­nel in the course of their du­ties.

“This will not be tol­er­ated at any level and we will work closely with our col­leagues in Po­lice Scot­land to en­sure this does not take place.

“Po­lice Scot­land will op­er­ate and sup­port our fire­fight­ers through­out bon­fire night.”

The SFRS has also warned of the dangers fire­works pose to young chil­dren.

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