Bonfire Night in Sefton

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Call-outs to nuisance fires attended by firefighters across Sefton over the bonfire period saw a 61.4% drop following a campaign run by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and its partners.

In Sefton there were 12 nuisance fires attended by firefighters on November 5, compared to 10 last year, a decrease of 20%.

Between October 19 and the end of November 5 there were 22 nuisance fire incidents in Sefton attended by firefighters, compared to 57 in 2012.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) has been working with partners, including Merseyside Police, the Probation Service, Sefton Council and housing associations to reduce nuisance fires in the run up to Bonfire Night by removing bonfire materials.

More than 33 tonnes of bonfire materials and rubbish removed from streets in Sefton since October 19 and more than 137 tonnes of bonfire materials across Merseyside removed.

Organisations such as Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, One Vision Housing and Riverside Housing have been working together to keep people safe leading up to Bonfire Night.

Tipper trucks and skips have been used to collect combustible materials in the borough. Free cage football has been held across Sefton, organised by MF&RS and Fire Support Network over the bonfire period.

Firefighters and MF&RS fire prevention staff have also visited schools to teach young people about the dangers and consequences of setting fires and misuse of fireworks.

Group Manager Rob Pritchard, District Manager for Sefton, said: “The partnership work over the bonfire period has been a great success in Sefton this year. As a result of the hard work there has been a large reduction in deliberate fires.

“We have had teams out removing bonfire material from public areas in a bid to reduce deliberate fires this year. We have also been encouraging people to bring in their wheelie bins after their rubbish has been collected to prevent fires involving bins.

“Our teams will still be out on the streets of Merseyside removing bonfire materials this week. To report the storage of bonfire materials call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958.”

This year Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service saw the lowest number of incidents ever attended by firefighters on Merseyside on November 5 with 55 fires from anti-social behavior, compared to 72 last year.

Firefighters also attended the Sefton Council event in Coronation Park on October 30. Activities at the evening event included face painting, Kayaking, Zorbing and football and tennis coaching.

Watch Manager Dave Shanahan, who attended the event with Green Watch at Crosby Community Fire Station, said: “We spoke with and met around 500 people at the event and highlighted fire safety advice as well as showing young people the equipment we use. We also highlighted the importance of keeping wheelie bins in a secure location and only putting them out on the day collection.

“The atmosphere was great and there were lots of activities going on.”

Fireworks are only allowed to be sold by retailers with a registration from the Fire Service. This is also only during the period of October 15th to November 10th.

To report build-ups of combustible materials call 0800 7315958.

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