Belfast Telegraph

Halloween fire callouts record low

Halloween-related calls to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) have fallen to a record low, it has been confirmed.

Crews received 183 calls and attended 133 incidents on Wednesday night, an 8% drop on last year.

The most incidents - 39% - were in the southern command area, mainly involving rubbish and bonfires. There were also calls to tyres set alight on the road.

Firefighters were attacked at five incidents, mostly by youths throwing stones or fireworks. There were no injuries to NIFRS personnel and no damage was caused to any of the appliances.

NIFRS group commander Paddy Gallagher said: "The drop reflects the fact that a lot of work has been done in the background with our prevention and protection functions working in partnership with other agencies to get across our safety message."

Mr Gallagher said he was disappointed crews had been targeted but said NIFRS officials would work to educate young people engaged in anti-social behaviour.

Northern Ireland's largest Halloween event took place in Londonderry where thousands of people gathered for a street carnival followed by a fireworks display.

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