Help protect Inverclyde ahead of Bonfire Night

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Local senior officer urges public to attend organised events

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As Bonfire Night approaches firefighters have appealed for the public to help them protect Inverclyde from tragedy.

The period leading up to 5 November is one of the busiest of the year for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews, with the number of emergency calls typically increasing by as much as 40 per cent.

Area Manager Paul Tanzilli – the local senior officer for East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – has urged residents to recognise the risks and help firefighters prevent serious incidents.

He said: “Many people in Inverclyde will celebrate Bonfire Night and we want them to have a great time, but without risking the lifelong injuries and trauma that can follow from the improper use of fireworks or building careless bonfires.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting themselves, their families and their communities at what is always a busy time of year for the fire service.

“Organised fireworks displays or bonfires are more spectacular than DIY displays or unofficial events but, even more importantly, they are also far safer.

“Fireworks are obviously dangerous and we’ve seen too many incidents where someone has suffered horrific injuries as a result of things going wrong.

“The fact is careless and poorly built bonfires threaten to set fire to neighbouring properties – and they also release toxic fumes that cause serious problems for people who have breathing conditions.”

This year’s Inverclyde Fireworks display takes place on Saturday 1 November at Battery Park in Greenock. The ever-popular event begins at 6pm with a funfair and food and drink on sale, before the free and spectacular fireworks display starts at 7pm.

Inverclyde Councillor Terry Loughran, convenor of education and communities said: "Firework safety is hugely important and we want to make sure everyone has fun and enjoy their events by following the fireworks code. 

“Fireworks can cause serious injury if they are not handled properly. In Inverclyde we have a fun and free Fireworks event at Battery Park on the evening of Saturday 1 November.

That’s always a spectacular show and I’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to keep safe and join us at Battery Park on the 1st from 6.00pm.”

Information about bonfire and fireworks safety is available from SFRS by visiting the website at

Area Manager Tanzilli added: “We can all play a part in making our communities safer at this time of year.

“It’s against the law for fireworks to be sold to children and young people, so anyone who is aware of this happening should report it to Police Scotland or Trading Standards.

“We would also encourage the public to report unsafe or dangerous bonfires or bonfire materials and any suspicion of deliberate fire setting.”

The public are urged to pass on any information about who may be responsible for fire setting to Police Scotland using the 101 non-emergency number or, alternatively, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.