Sunday 4 December 2016

Almost 900 calls made to Dublin Fire Brigade on Halloween night

Published 01/11/2016 | 08:00

Locals gather to watch an annual bonfire in the Loughlinstown area of Dublin last night. Pic: Ger Holland
Locals gather to watch an annual bonfire in the Loughlinstown area of Dublin last night. Pic: Ger Holland

Halloween night was a busy one for Dublin Fire Brigade as it dealt with almost 900 calls.

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Most of the calls were for bonfires and related incidents.

In total, there were 872 calls made, which is a big rise on last year when emergency services dealt with 700 calls.

There were no firefighter injuries or public order incidents of note, according to Mobilisation Officer, Donal Petherbridge.

“That is what we class as a successful Halloween, when we have no firefighter injuries, no public injuries and there were no public order incidents with ourselves. On these occasions we work very closely with the guards, which proved to be a great success.

“I’m looking forward to going home to bed. We had over 170 firefighters on duty last night, so I think everyone is looking forward to a few hours at this stage,” he said on RTÉ’S Morning Ireland.

A youngster pulls a wheelie alongside a bonfire in Darndale in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
A youngster pulls a wheelie alongside a bonfire in Darndale in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Riot police had been called out to deal with out of control bonfires in Finglas on Monday night but they managed to get the situation under control.

Scrap yard cars were set on fire in the Cappoge area.

There were also five domestic fires reported but Mr Petherbridge said they were just standard call-outs which were unrelated to Halloween.

While there was no public order incidents reported on Halloween night, a fire truck was egged while en route to a job on Sunday night.

The same truck had its passenger side window broken last week after a group of youths threw stones at it.

The truck was travelling to a job in Neilstown, Clondalkin at the time.



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