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A message from Chief Officer Martin Blunden on our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is underlining the dangers of fireworks as large scale public events including organised displays are being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families and communities are being reminded that bonfires and the private use of fireworks can cause significant injury and present a particular risk to children, and can also upset pets.

This type of activity can further impact on the emergency services - firefighters attended more than 2300 deliberate fires during the four-week period leading to Bonfire Night 2019.

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Appeal for recently retired firefighters to return to work

To minimise the impact on our emergency response during the course of this pandemic, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is looking at ways to invite people who have recently retired – firefighters and others with specialist skills – to come back and cover any predicted shortages.