Crews respond to more than 500 bonfires on busy November 5

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Firefighters across Scotland dealt with more than 500 bonfires on one of their busiest nights of the year.

Initial figures indicate that Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to approximately 511 bonfires across the country between 3.30pm and 11.30pm on Thursday, November 5. 
Meanwhile Operations Control handled more than 1100 calls from members of the public. 
There were also 12 reported attacks on crews, however no injuries have been reported.
With public events cancelled amid continuing Covid-19 restrictions, the SFRS had appealed to the public to be aware of the dangers of both fireworks and deliberate fire-setting and to also consider the impact of their actions on communities and emergency services.
Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens is the SFRS Director of Service Delivery.
He said: “Bonfire Night is traditionally one of our busiest night of the year.
"Our frontline crews and Operations Control personnel and support staff have shown extreme dedication over this period and I would like to pay tribute to their professionalism and resilience.
"I must also thank our partners and indeed communities across Scotland for their continuing support.” 
Libby Logan is the SFRS Area Commander for Operations Control.
She said: "This was a busy and challenging evening, but I would like to praise our Operations Control staff who have once again worked tirelessly to ensure we respond to those who need us the most.
"Their dedication has allowed us to meet this challenge and continue to protect communities throughout Bonfire Night."
Condemning attacks on emergency service workers, Assistant Chief Officer Stevens added: "Attacks on emergency service workers are completely unacceptable. 
"This type of behaviour not only prevents our crews from bringing any emergency to a safe and swift conclusion, but it can impact on our emergency service colleagues including the police when they must escort us at the scene.
"This type of behaviour is, of course, carried out by a very small minority and we once again thank our communities for their continuing support and working together with us to stay safe.”  
Notes to Editor: A further regional breakdown of incidents and stats is currently unavailable. These initial statistics may be subject to review in due course.
West SDA: 602 calls received, seven attacks on crews and 356 bonfires attended
East SDA: 447 calls received, three attacks on crews and 106 bonfires attended
North SDA: 144 calls received, two attacks on crews and 49 bonfires attended

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