By Joshua Robinson –
Firefighters in West Yorkshire have praised the public after most celebrated Bonfire Night safely across the course of the weekend.
Many people attended organised displays across the area, and those that chose to celebrate at home had safe activities.
Historically one of the busiest periods for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), this year was no exception with 1008 calls coming into the Control Room, with the majority coming on Bonfire Night itself.
WYFRS attended 77 incidents that were related to bonfire celebrations.
Area Manager for Service Delivery Scott Donegan said “We’d like to extend our thanks to those across West Yorkshire who celebrated this period safely – and it was great to see so many people enjoying this time of year.”
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“I’d also like to praise our fantastic firefighters who have worked tirelessly, both across this weekend and in the lead up to it. This is not only by physically firefighting but also in their community work and education they deliver diligently all year. Gratitude must also go to our fantastic Control Room staff who fielded a huge volume of calls and offered crucial safety advice to the public.”
There were reports of anti-social behaviour with eight crews coming under attack across West Yorkshire throughout the weekend, Friday 3 to Monday 6 November.
AM Donegan continued: “We did unfortunately see some people who chose to spend this time of year causing disorder. Thankfully none of our crews were injured during these attack – but we stand by our message that even one attack on a firefighter is one too many. We will work with our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police to bring anyone who assaults our staff to justice.”