Firefighters are urging members of the public to stay safe and respect emergency service workers this weekend ahead of Bonfire Night.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) along with other emergency services and local authorities in the city-region are gearing up for a busy weekend ahead of the firework and bonfire related period.
Chief Fire Officer Jim Wallace said:
“I’d urge members of the public to think sensibly ahead of this weekend, if you have children please make sure you know their whereabouts. Fireworks can be extremely dangerous so if you are going to use them, please do so responsibly.
“All of our emergency services are exceptionally busy at this time of year and hoax calls and fires started deliberately can have a significant impact on the safety of others in Greater Manchester. Please think before you act, it could be your family member that could be in danger and needs our help.”
Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Bev Hughes, said:
“Firefighters, paramedics and police officers all do a fantastic job keeping the communities of Greater Manchester safe, particularly during this busy time of year.
“I would urge the public to remember that these people in uniform are still someone’s mum, dad, daughter, son and family member doing their job and putting their lives on the line to protect our communities – so please show them the respect they deserve.”
Crews have already been called to a number of anti-social behaviour incidents and nuisance fires this week. This includes the following incidents last night (October 31):
- At 3.22pm crews were called to reports of a fire in Temple Drive, Swinton to reports of a fire with youths seen standing in front of it. One crew from Farnworth attended and was on the scene for approximately ten minutes.
- At 6.06pm GMFRS was called to a fire in a wooded area in Bebbington Street, Manchester with reports of people crowding around and messing about lighting fires. One crew from Philips Park attended and was on the scene for around 15 minutes.
- At 6.43pm crews were called to Peel Park, Kenyon Way in Little Hulton to reports of teenagers setting fires. One crew from Farnworth attended and was on the scene for around 15 minutes.
- At 9.36pm GMFRS received reports of a group of youths setting off fireworks and setting bins on fire in Alfreton Road, Offerton. One fire engine from Offerton attended and was on the scene for around 30 minutes.
- At 10.43pm we were called to a car park in Rifle Road, Sale to reports of a bin on fire and youths throwing fireworks. One crew from Sale attended and was on the scene for around 15 minutes.
CFO Wallace continued:
“We really want people to have a happy and safe Bonfire Night so if you want to enjoy some fireworks or attend a bonfire please find a suitable organised display near you by visiting safe4autumn.com. A range of organised displays will be taking place across Greater Manchester this weekend and throughout next week.
“If you are going to have your own event at home, please follow the Firework Safety Code, which you can find on our website along with other Bonfire Night safety advice.”
More safety advice can be found on the GMFRS website https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/staying-safe/safe4autumn-treacle/.