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
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."