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GMFRS responds to hundreds of emergency calls on Bonfire Night

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has responded to hundreds of emergency calls this Bonfire Night in a bid to keep the public safe.

Staff at North West Fire Control answered 375 calls for the Greater Manchester area and sent firefighters to 158 incidents between 6pm and 11pm on November 5, 2014.

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Last year staff in the 999 control room answered 306 calls during the same period on a wet and windy bonfire night, which was the quietest on record for GMFRS.

The busiest hour for firefighters and 999 call handlers this year was between 8pm and 9pm when they responded to 95 calls.

Most of the incidents attended by firefighters were small fires, which were causing concern to the public, too close to properties or out of control.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our staff have worked tirelessly this year to ensure people stay safe over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period.

“As part of our Treacle campaign we have been encouraging people to attend organised firework displays and well over 100,000 people have attended events across Greater Manchester.

“I’d like to thank our colleagues across the Greater Manchester authorities, Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, who have worked with us to help keep the public safe this year.” 

Residents across Greater Manchester were once again given an insight into the work of GMFRS during Bonfire Night on social media.

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Staff from the service tweeted live from Gorton Fire Station, the GMFRS Command Support Room and the organised fireworks display at Heaton Park.

During the evening tweets featuring #Treacle2014 reached over a quarter of a million people. Posts about Bonfire Night and firework safety also reached the newsfeeds of over 21,000 users on Facebook. 

Cllr David Acton added: “Bonfire Night is our busiest night of the year. Being able to share our experience with thousands of people on social media is a fantastic way of showing people of Greater Manchester how hard their firefighters work to keep them safe.”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:27
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