Bonfire and Fireworks Campaign

Bonfire and Fireworks Campaign 2021

Last year Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service led another campaign to reduce bonfire and fireworks related incidents and injuries over the bonfire period.

However, in 2020 we experienced the following increases compared to 2019:

• 14.3% increase in the number of fire calls received 796 to 910
• 7.8% increase in the number of incidents attended 424 to 457
• 12.3% increase in the number of deliberate secondary fires 179 to 201
• 33.3% decrease in the number of attacks on our fire crews 6 to 4
• 200% increase in the number of Firework related primary fires 1 to 3

Here at Wallsend Online we really care about the safety of you and your families, so here are some messages and tips:

“Please make sure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable bonfire period. Where possible, always attend an organised fireworks display if there is one in your local area”

“Never misuse fireworks, they can cause serious, life changing injuries – and even death”

“Never build your own bonfire, it is illegal and they can get out of control very quickly. They can also collapse easily, causing serious burns and even death”

“It is illegal to buy fireworks under the age of 18 years old, or handle them in public places. Stick to attending organised displays if you can attend them”

“Firefighters can’t be in two places at once. If we’re putting out a bonfire, we can’t respond to people who may really need our help. For example, in house fires or road accidents”

“Firefighters respond to incidents in order to prevent injury and save life, as well as protecting the environment. Physical and verbal attacks on our fire crews will not be tolerated and puts theirs and other people’s lives at risk”

“You can report details of deliberate fires and illegal bonfires anonymously via www.firestoppersreport.co.uk or call 0800 169 5558”

Enjoy this special time and stay safe!