Christmas party nights out to be safer in Falkirk

A range of organisations including police, fire, ambulance and council are involved in the Safer Streets initiative. Picture: Michael Gillen
A range of organisations including police, fire, ambulance and council are involved in the Safer Streets initiative. Picture: Michael Gillen

A massive operation to keep revellers safe when they are enjoying nights out in Falkirk this Christmas has been launched.

The Safer Streets initiative, run by Falkirk Delivers, is back for another year with the likes of taxi marshalls, extra police officers, first aid teams and a rapid response ambulance service in the town centre over the coming weekends.

The use of taxi marshalls, who help get people home, increases every year with 109,811 users last year compared to 66,653 in 2013/14.

The operation, part of the It’s Friendlier in Falkirk objective by the Falkirk Business Improvement District’s (BID) team, aims to ensure people don’t come to harm when they are out and get home safely.

Anyone who might have had too much alcohol at annual Christmas parties will be given help and possibly advice on substance misuse.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Delivers said: “Through a strong partnership of dedicated organisations and passionate volunteers our projects are targeted at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. It will also improve the perception of the night-time economy and ensuring that users get home safely after their night out in Falkirk town centre.”

Behind The Wall supervisor Paul Kenny said: “Safety is a top priority for us and this is something which helps and supports staff and customers alike by allowing us to manage our resources effectively and offer peace of mind and practical help to vulnerable people.”

Network Rail has provided funding for the initiative which will run on December 18, 19, 24, 26 and 31 and January 2.

The cash will supply branded support packs of bottled water, flip flops and a foil blanket, as well as allowing partners to engage with vulnerable people and give an opportunity to discuss issues and suggest referrals.