On the 5th November 2022, between the hours of 5pm until midnight Lancashire Fire and Rescue received 201 calls. The bonfire night period is an extremely busy period for the service and between these hours, we responded to around 158 incidents, with our multi-agency incident assessment team vehicles (MAIAT) attending 59 of those. This initiative enabled us to keep more fire engines available for responding to other incidents.
Unfortunately, whilst our crews were helping to keep their community safe, we received a small amount of malicious calls and in East Lancashire, firefighters were subject to an attack where fireworks were thrown at them. Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston has issued a statement about the attacks on firefighters and malicious calls.
“Thankfully, there were no injuries, but the fact remains that no one goes to work expecting to be attacked, whether verbally or physically and nor should they. When emergency services are there to help people, this mindless behaviour is incomprehensible and completely unacceptable.”