Fire Service’s Halloween call-outs more than halved last night compared to 2018

Ballymena Fire Station.

THE Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service last night dealt with the lowest number of Halloween incidents for a number of years.

During Halloween, Thursday 31 October 2019, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service received 77 emergency calls and attended 51 incidents across Northern Ireland.

This is the lowest number of incidents on Halloween night since 2014.

Group Commander, Gerry Lennon, said: “Last night NIFRS responded to calls associated with Halloween night celebrations, and I am pleased that it was the lowest number of incidents on Halloween night since 2013.

“Between 6pm, 31 October and 1am, 1 November, NIFRS Regional Control Centre received 77 emergency calls and Fire Crews responded to 51 operational incidents. This equates to a 60% decrease for the same period 2018. 10 of these incidents were bonfire related.

“Crews withdrew from three separate incidents for safety reasons as they encountered crowds of youths throwing stones, bottles and fireworks. There were no injuries to our crews.”

Year

Total incidents attended by

NIFRS on 31 October

2013

124

2014

102

2015

113

2016

166

2017

136

2018

127

2019

51

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