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Community urged to think ‘safety first’ at bonfires

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Community urged to think ‘safety first’ at bonfires thumbnailBallee’s ‘eleventh’ night bonfire which will be lit at 12 tonight (Tuesday). GB2837R p1

NORTHERN Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is urging Ballymena's bonfire builders to think safety first when building or attending bonfires.
Several fires will be lit across the town tonight ahead of the traditional 'Twelfth' of July parades on Wednesday.
Last year firefighters attended 33 bonfire related incidents over the 11th night from 6pm July 11 to 8am July 12, which was 9 more than in 2015, a 39% increase.
The NIFRS Regional Control Centre dealt with 43 bonfire related 999 calls, 12 more than in 2015, a 48% increase.
Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Prevention and Protection said: "Since 2013 there has been a downward trend in the number of bonfire related incidents attended but we did experience a small increase last year.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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