Quietest bonfire night on record for Fife fire crews

Bonfire and fireworks at Burntisland
Bonfire and fireworks at Burntisland

Remember, remember this November as having the quietest bonfire night on record for fire crews in Fife.

Figures announced following the annual event last Tuesday show that in the Kingdom the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended just two bonfire call-outs and one was the pre-arranged extinguishing of the fire at a local organised event.

The region has also bucked a disappointing trend, after it was reported that this year across the east of Scotland - the former Central, Lothian and Borders and Fife areas -there there was an increase in attacks on firefighters.

No such incidents were recorded in Fife this year it was reported last week.

Station manager Steven Michie for the Fife area, told the Press: “Fife is down 26 per cent for secondary fire activity for our bonfire period.

“We are all delighted to reap the benefits of our local partnership bonfire framework initiative which has resulted in no reports of any physical or verbal attacks on fire crews.

“Bonfire night itself was the quietest on record in Fife for bonfire attendance.

“Local crews responded to a only two bonfires, one of which was extinguishing after an organised display.

“We would like to thank the crews and our community partners for their hard work and dedication in educating the communities in the lead up to bonfire night.”

Once again this year a number of organised bonfire and firework events were hosted across the entire Kingdom, which were well attended by the public.

Among them were the Cardenden event and the annual Burntisland display and bonfire which attracts thousands of visitors to the town each year.

Mr Michie added: “We would also like to thank the public who did attend official events and refrained from holding their own unofficial bonfires.

“It had a positive effect and ensured our communities had an enjoyable and safe evening.”