Local fire crews praised for handling over 1,000 calls in one week

After days of incredibly hot weather, Avon Fire and Rescue personnel were praised for their hard work in the face of over a thousand calls in one week.

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Between Monday August 8 and Sunday August 14, firefighters handled 212 fires, 155 false alarms, 101 non-fire related calls and other incidents, totaling 1,306 calls.

This is an increase of 658 calls from the previous week, all of which come into the service’s control room based in Lansdown, Bath.

Fire Chief Simon Shilton said, “I am incredibly proud of the relentless dedication and commitment our staff have continued to show to their communities, despite the extraordinarily difficult conditions.

“Our fire control personnel, our firefighters and all of our valued service personnel have gone out of their way to ensure that we are able to respond effectively and that we protect and secure our communities.”

Firefighters saw a huge spike in calls, also known as ‘screams’, and many took to social media to share some of the incidents they were called in for.

Despite the dropping temperatures, the risk of fire is still high and Avon Fire & Rescue still urges caution.

Simon added: “While I know most of us are relieved to have seen rain forecasts for the next few days, we must remember that the ground around us is still very dry.

“Where possible, we would always advise people to avoid having fires of any kind.”

If you find a fire, go to a safe place and call 999 to ask for the fire department.

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