Con­trol cen­tres han­dle 882 Bon­fire Night calls

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

More than 350 fires were at­tended by crews across Scotland on Bon­fire Night on Tues­day.

Sev­eral firefighte­rs were also attacked, fire chiefs con­firmed, though none were se­ri­ously in­jured.

And in all, the team in Scotland’s op­er­a­tions con­trol cen­tres han­dled 882 calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer John Dickie said: “Our front­line crews and op­er­a­tions con­trol per­son­nel and sup­port staff have shown ex­treme ded­i­ca­tion over this pe­riod and I would like to pay tribute to their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, skill and hard work which en­abled them to help pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties.

“Bon­fire Night is our busiest night of the year by far and in­deed it tops off one of our busiest four-week pe­ri­ods in the year.”

Firefighte­rs were attacked a re­ported six times dur­ing this week’s Bon­fire Night pe­riod.

As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer Dickie added: “Any num­ber of at­tacks on emer­gency ser­vice re­spon­ders is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“This type of be­hav­iour not only pre­vents our crews from bring­ing any emer­gency to a safe and swift con­clu­sion but it can im­pact on our emer­gency ser­vice col­leagues in­clud­ing the po­lice when they have to es­cort us at the scene.”

New fig­ures re­veal that there were over 1,000 at­tacks on firefighte­rs dur­ing the autumn cel­e­bra­tion last year across the UK.

At­tacks in Scotland rose by over a third last year, with 72 recorded in­ci­dents.

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