By KLTV Newsdesk –
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have revealed just how many calls their control room received over this year’s bonfire period, and have thanked all local residents who enjoyed the festivities responsibly this year.
Between 5 pm on Thursday 4 November and Midnight on Sunday 7 November, WYFRS received a total of 1672 calls to their main control room, and fire crews attended 374 incidents across the region.
The weekend around bonfire night is historically one of the busiest of the year as crews attend investigate various calls and incidents throughout each night.
Most of the weekend’s fireworks festivities went off without incident, and the service wanted to make a special mention to thank all those who attended bonfires responsibly and safely.
Scott Donegan, Area Manager for Service Delivery, said “Firstly, I’d like to pay tribute to our fantastic staff who have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to ensure a safe and enjoyable bonfire weekend.
“Historically the bonfire period is one of our busiest weeks of the year. However, this year we have seen a drop in the number of calls requiring an emergency response and this is down to people following fire safety advice and acting responsibly at organised events and whilst celebrating at home.
“We would also like to thank our partner agencies, community volunteers and community leaders who have pulled together to support us around the bonfire period.”
While most events and personal displays went off without a hitch, sadly there were four incidents where our crews were on the receiving end of antisocial behaviour while working, but the number of instances was lower than the previous year.