A busy Bonfire Night for Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control and fire crews

West Midlands firefighters mobilise to around 40 bonfire and firework incidents on 5 November

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Published on 6 November 2023

West Midlands firefighters mobilised to around 40 bonfire and firework incidents

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control took more 160 calls between 6pm and midnight on Bonfire Night (Sun 5 Nov 2023).

In the West Midlands, they mobilised fire crews to some 130 incidents, of which around 40 related to bonfires or fireworks.

Many of the incidents turned out to be false alarms. Concerned 999 callers did the right thing but, when our crews arrived, they were satisfied that the bonfires were being managed responsibly.

In some cases, however, firefighters did extinguish bonfires that posed a risk over the weekend.

In West Bromwich, two fire crews doused a large fire that had been built in some woodland, using about three tonnes of wood and timber.

They also put out a fire in Bordesley, which involved large amounts of building material, wooden panels and fencing.

On Sunday night, two crews responded to a house in Willenhall, Walsall where a firework put through the letterbox had filled the property with smoke. No-one inside was hurt.

We also responded to two residential blocks, where fireworks had been let off in communal areas. Very fortunately, no fires resulted but there was smoke logging.

In Hamstead, Birmingham someone smashed a car window and threw a firework inside. Water was needed to dampen down the vehicle interior.

Kelly Whitmore

Group Manager

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As well as Bonfire Night calls, our firefighters responded to a wide range of incidents including road traffic collisions and other emergencies.
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Group Manager Kelly Whitmore, of Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control, said: “Sunday evening was definitely the busier period of the weekend. It looks like a lot of people were put off by the weather on Friday and Saturday nights, so delayed their plans.

“I would like to say a very big thank you to the fire control teams who worked over the weekend, serving both Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

“As well as Bonfire Night incidents, they managed our firefighters’ response to a wide range of calls including road traffic collisions and other emergencies.”