Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fire incidents fall at Lewes Bonfire Celebrations

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is pleased to report a drop in the number of incidents at The Lewes Bonfire Celebrations.

From a fire incident perspective, the event went exceptionally well, which is testimony to the amount of hard work and safety planning from all concerned with the event.

Lewes Borough Commander, Garry Collins, said: “It was pleasing to note a year of reduced incidents and also severity of fire damage for us, which helps everyone enjoy these special celebrations."

“The organisation around this event involves year round preparation, planning and consultation with the Bonfire Societies, all emergency services and local partners, with the main aim being to help provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators to enjoy on the night.”
 Fire Crews promptly dealt with a variety of minor fires, most at the later end of the event, ensuring no serious fire damage occurred in the town.

Around 30,000 people turned out for this year's Lewes Bonfire celebrations last night (November 5th).

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service continues to work with Bonfire Societies, partners and the local community, throughout the year to promote a safe event.

Borough Commander Collins added:
"The Lewes Bonfire celebrations continue to be an incredibly popular event. At events of this size and nature, there is always likely to be incidents the Service will need to attend.  This is never done in isolation. By working closely with partners, we can have a more significant impact on reducing both the number and importantly the sererity of any emergency that may arise. I'd like to thank my staff and all our partner involved, who continually strive to keep our community safe at this historical event."

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