No flare up of 999 calls over bonfire weekend

Safety message getting through says NEAS, as volume of emergency calls to the ambulance service is only slightly higher than a normal weekend.


The number of emergency call outs over the bonfire weekend was close to our normal average.

Between Friday and Saturday, the North East Ambulance Service handled 1,243 999 calls - that's just 103 higher than the corresponding days the previous weekend.

NEAS did attend a number of patients who had suffered firework or bonfire related injuries, but there was no noticeable spike on previous years.

A NEAS spokeswoman said: "This is very good news. Nationally there has been a decline in people suffering burns through fireworks and bonfires in recent years, and that trend seems to be reflected in the North East.

"Weekends are always a busy time for the ambulance service, so with bonfire night falling on Saturday November 5th this year we were anticipating a lot of incidents.

"While it was busy, to have just 100 more 999 calls than on the previous weekend was very pleasing. It would seem that the many firework awareness campaigns that have taken place in recent years are having an effect."





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