Monday, 19 July 2010

Bonfire Strategies - From 200 calls to 2 calls

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.

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