The programme of statutory agencies working with bonfire organisers appears to be paying off according to a report in today's News Letter. The NI Fire and Rescue Service has revealed only 2 of its call-outs on the Eleventh night were related to bonfires (neither of which required action by the fire service). This is down from 200 in 2007 with an estimated saving of £500,000 for the fire service. This would appear greater than the amounts spent on the programmes and on repairs so it may now be producing a net saving to the public purse. The issues with bonfires are by no means solved but they seem to be moving in a positive direction.