SFRS team up with Perth & Strathearn 200 Round Table to encourage public to attend organised bonfire event
30 October 2013
Blue Watch met with representatives from the Round Table this week
Caption: Front: SFRS Station Manager Ewan Baird and Andy Sinclair of Perth and Strathearn 200 Round Table. Back: (Right to left) FF Colin Macllelan, CM Heather Lawrie, CM Steve Crumlish, FF Matt Smith and Jim Sandeman of Perth and Strathearn 200 Round Table
Members of Blue Watch at Perth Fire Station met with Perth and Strathearn 200 Round Table to encourage members of the public to attend the city's organised bonfire event.
Every year careless bonfires take firefighters away from other incidents – putting lives at risk. By choosing to attend only official bonfire events residents will help keep people, property and vital resources safe.
During the bonfire period firefighters typically see a 40% increase in emergency calls. Having to tackle bonfires means it could take crews longer to attend serious incidents – with potentially tragic consequences.
Watch Manager Craig Smith said: "Fire crews can be up to four times busier than normal on bonfire night, bonfires and fires in the open waste time and resources for crews attending unsafe bonfires.
"I would urge members of the public to attend organised events such as the one organised by the Round Table at Perth’s South Inch.”
The 'Join Scotland's Fight Against Fire' campaign gives more information about how to be safe on 5 November, with a range of additional information to raise public awareness of fire safety at home and in the workplace.
The campaign lets the public know how to refer family, friends and neighbours – who may be specifically at-risk – for a free Home Fire Safety Visit, or other services that focus on protecting older people from fire.
For a free Home Fire Safety Visit, all you have to do is call the Home fire Safety Hotline on 0800 0731 999. You can also get in touch by calling your local community fire station and more information is available on The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website
Anyone who decides to hold their own events should always follow our vital bonfire and firework safety advice – available on the SFRS website at: