Fire fighters hoping for a quiet bonfire night

FIREfighterS in Royston are hoping for another quiet bonfire night after delivering a safety talk to school children.

Officers from Royston Fire Station joined forces with Hertfordshire Police for presentations to year five pupils at Roysia and Greneway middle schools.

Similar presentations have been running for the last 10 years, and watch commander David Rees believes they have had significant effect.

He said: “In 2011 the evaluation of the firework and Halloween presentation was that any significant rises in anti-social behaviour, firework injuries and fires had been averted.

“In fact the fire service did not receive any calls linked to fireworks. The same trend is hoped for this year.”

While police officers gave a talk on do’s and don’ts for yesterday’s (Wednesday) Halloween festivities, the firefighters explained the history behind Bonfire night and fireworks, and demonstrated to pupils how to deal with different types of burns.

They also played out a short scenario where a pupil is burned after playing with fireworks.

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“It shows how quickly a bit of fun can turn to someone being seriously hurt,” said watch commander Rees.

Hertfordshire County Council is also urging residents to stay safe on November 5.

Cllr Richard Thake, the county council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “We want everyone to enjoy bonfire night. However, I urge residents to be safe and fully prepare for the night ahead, particularly when planning your own event at home.

“Never leave a bonfire or firework unattended, keep animals indoors and always supervise children. Fireworks are safe if they are used properly and taking a little extra care will ensure that you and your family have a great evening.”

Roysia School will be holding a fireworks display on Monday, November 5. Gates open at 6pm, with the fireworks starting at 7pm. Entry is �2.50 for adults, �2 for under-16s, and children under-five go free.

On Saturday, November 3, Icknield Walk First School is holding a display, which begins at 6.30pm. Entry is �3 for adults and �2 for children.