Belfast Telegraph

Eleventh Night: Fire Service attends 40 bonfire incidents across Northern Ireland

  • Firefighters received over 200 emergency calls and dealt with 40 bonfire related incidents
  • Crew was attacked when leaving a bonfire related incident in Belfast

The Fire Service has said it received over 200 emergency calls during the Eleventh Night bonfire celebrations as fires were lit in loyalist areas across the region to usher in the main date in the Protestant loyal order parading season - the Twelfth of July.

Firefighters attended a total of 133 operational incidents, including 40 bonfire related incidents, representing a 49% increase in the number of incidents attended during the same period in 2016 and a 21% increase in the number of bonfire incidents attended last year.

The Fire Service said it dealt with bonfire incidents across the Northern Ireland. The two most significant bonfire related incidents were in the Greater Belfast area.

"The evening was exceptionally busy and between 2200hrs and 0100hrs NIFRS dealt with 95 operational incidents. At its busiest NIFRS Regional Control Centre handled an emergency 999 call every minute," the Fire Service said.

"NIFRS maintained normal service delivery throughout the evening attending a range of operational incidents including property fires, special service calls and other emergency incidents."

"Unfortunately during the evening there was one attack on a fire appliance leaving a bonfire related incident in Belfast. Thankfully no firefighters were injured."

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