Falkirk firefighters shown a bit of restraint

Firefighters in Falkirk were able to go about their work unhindered
Firefighters in Falkirk were able to go about their work unhindered

Attacks on Scottish fire crews increased over the Bonfire Night period ... but not in Falkirk.

In this area residents showed firefighters the courtesy and respect they are due, allowing them to get on with their work unhindered

While a number of violent incidents against Scottish Fire and Rescue Service personnel were recorded in Stirling, Clackmannan and West Lothian, there were no reported attacks against firefighters in Falkirk over the period.

Stuart Stevens, fire service group manager for Falkirk, and West Lothian said: “A number of crews were subject to violence, with fireworks being thrown and abuse being shouted in Blackburn in West Lothian. This is not acceptable.

“As an organisation we have a duty of care towards our employees and are committed to protecting our frontline staff who work in challenging circumstances to make communities safer.

“There appeared to be a noticeable reduction in the number of unsupervised and unsafe bonfires in the Falkirk area, which is pleasing. This is mainly due to partnership working, including removing bonfires prior to them being lit, removal of waste and combustibles and increased police patrols.”

However, while thousands crowded into Callendar Park on November 5 to view the free firework display, there were still those who preferred to hold their own events, many of them lighting illegal bonfires on Falkirk Council land.

Chief Superintendent David Flynn, of Forth Valley Division, said: “I am pleased to report the calls received by ourselves within Forth Valley reduced by almost 40 per cent from this time last year. But it is frustrating we are still seeing wheelie bins being set on fire and fireworks aimed at houses. This irresponsible and reckless use of fireworks puts people’s lives in danger and properties at risk.”