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Publication Date:-
2021-11-16
 
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Merseyside firefighters called to fewer deliberate fires on Bonfire Night

MERSEYSIDE Firefighters attended 67% fewer deliberately set fires across Merseyside on Bonfire Night, Friday, 5 November 2021, than on the same date last year. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) attended 26 deliberately set ASB (anti social behaviour fires; this includes:- bonfires, wheelie bin and rubbish fires; between:- 00:00 hours and 23.59 hours, on Bonfire Night, as opposed to:- 78, on 5 November 2020.

Back in 2020, figures were up due to the imposition of a national lockdown and the cancellation of organised firework displays and bonfires. However, this year's figures are also lower than 2019 when crews attended 35 deliberate fires on Bonfire Night.

All areas the Service covers across Merseyside saw a decrease in deliberately set fires. Sefton and Knowsley saw the largest decrease in deliberate fires; with crews attending 2 in each district, both down from:- 11, in 2020 (82% decrease). St Helens saw the next largest decrease, going from 9 in 2020 to 3 in 2021 (67% decrease), and in Wirral, crews attended 4 deliberate fires, down from:- 9, in 2020 (56% decrease).

Liverpool saw the highest number of deliberately set fires this year, with fire crews attending 15 deliberate fires, although this is still down from:- 38, in 2020 (60.5% decrease).

MFRS also attended over:- 72.3% fewer potentially dangerous bonfires. Firefighters attended 11 potentially dangerous bonfires on 5 November 2021, compared to:- 68, in 2020.

Liverpool saw the highest number of such bonfires; with fire crews attending 6 in Liverpool, with Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens each recording 1 and Wirral recording 2. All areas saw a significant increase compared to last year.

In contrast, crews attended more incidents related to fireworks; up to 5 from 2 last year; on 5 November 2021. However, firefighters attended 5.9% fewer firework incidents throughout the entire bonfire period, compared to 2020.

Throughout the whole bonfire period, over 19 October to 7 November 2021, firefighters have attended 218 deliberately set fires, down 22.9% from last year when they attended 268.

In total, fire control received:- 260, emergency:- 999 calls, on 5 November 2021, a decrease of:- 22.8%, from 2020's figure of:- 337. Throughout the entire period, fire control received:- 1,301, emergency:- 999 calls; down 0.5% from 2020's figure of:- 1,308.

Group Manager Paul Kay said:- "It is fantastic to see that the vast majority of people across Merseyside enjoyed a safe Bonfire Night. The reduction in the number of deliberate ASB fires and bonfire related incidents is undoubtedly down to the work the Service and Partner organisations have done during this period. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service received a very large volume of calls throughout the period, with our Control staff doing a fantastic job of handling them. More than 950 high visibility patrols were carried out by our Arson Team in known hot spot areas, and an additional 1,484 Home Fire Safety Checks were carried out by Prevention teams, ensuring that members of the Public were kept as safe as possible. As well as seeing a reduction in firework incidents, we also saw a reduction in the number of attacks on our staff, although Unfortunately there was still a small minority of the community that chose to attack the very people who are trying to keep them safe. This is not a Merseyside phenomenon but has sadly been experienced by Fire and Rescue Services across the country. This disgraceful and sickening behaviour is totally unacceptable. Firefighters and support staff are not targets; they are mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, friends and families of members of the Merseyside community. They do not deserve to be attacked for simply doing their jobs. On 5 November, we take a tolerant view of bonfires, if they are in the open, supervised by adults and under control we do not extinguish them. Those we attended and put out on Friday, those included in our statistics, were all considered to be dangerous. The bonfire period is always extremely busy for us as a Service, though extensive advance planning and partnership work with:- Merseyside Police, local authorities, registered housing providers and other community partners. In recent weeks, firefighters and the prevention team have been out in communities clearing away more than 54 tonnes of hazardous rubbish and fly tipping, which could have been used as fuel for fires, and promoting the safe storage of wheelie bins to help prevent them becoming targets for arson. We are thankful to our communities for taking on board our safety messages and advice, and for their support in the light of the awful attacks on our staff."

The breakdown of the callouts can be seen below:-

Total 999 calls received by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on Friday, 5 November 2021, from:- 00:00 to 23:59:-

Total 999 Calls Received

Total 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
337 260 -77 -22.8%

Total 999 calls received by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service between 19 October to 7 November 2021:-

Total 999 Calls Received

Total 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
1308 1301 -7 -0.5%

A full and inclusive breakdown of all deliberately set fire incidents attended by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on Friday, 5 November is detailed below:-

All Deliberate Fires

District 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
Knowsley 11 2 -9 -81.8%
Liverpool 38 15 -23 -60.5%
Sefton 11 2 -9 -81.8%
St Helens 9 3 -6 -66.7%
Wirral 9 4 -5 -55.6%
Grand Total 78 26 -52 -66.7%

Breakdown of all deliberately set fires attended by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service over the entire bonfire period (19 October to 7 November 2021):-

All Deliberate Fires

District 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
Knowsley 33 23 -10 -30.3%
Liverpool 126 115 -11 -8.7%
Sefton 32 11 -21 -65.6%
St Helens 31 33 2 6.5%
Wirral 46 36 -10 -21.7%
Grand Total 268 218 -50 -18.7%

The numbers of incidents attended by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on Friday, November 5 specifically relating only to bonfires is given below. These figures are included as part of the full breakdown of incidents, detailed above:-

Bonfires Only
District 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
Knowsley 9 1 -8 -88.9%
Liverpool 33 6 -27 -81.8%
Sefton 9 1 -8 -88.9%
St Helens 9 1 -8 -88.9%
Wirral 8 2 -6 -75.0%
Grand Total 68 11 -57 -83.8%

The numbers of incidents attended by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service between 19 October and 7 November 2021 specifically relating only to bonfires is given below.

Bonfires Only

District 2020 2021 Difference Percentage Difference
Knowsley 18 11 -7 -38.9%
Liverpool 61 38 -23 -37.7%
Sefton 20 4 -16 -80.0%
St Helens 12 5 -7 -58.3%
Wirral 20 7 -13 -65.0%
Grand Total 131 65 -66 -50.4%

As we move in to winter, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service urges everyone to make sure they have at least 1 working smoke alarm on every level of their home and to ensure it is tested regularly. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over. For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call:- 08007315958.


Panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt are coming to Liverpool for World AIDS Day

WORKING with Sahir House, 24 Kitchen Street are creating a series of events around World AIDS Day in Liverpool. And for the first time ever, panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will be exhibited in a UK nightclub.

From Wednesday, 1 December to Sunday, 5 December 2021, the Baltic Triangle based venue will exhibit panels from the iconic quilt which will be free to see. An exhibition called My Message To You will launch at the Open Eye Gallery from the beginning of December and 24 Kitchen Street will host The Red Ball on Wednesday, 1 December 2021, hosted by David Hoyle, along with guest DJs including:- DJ Paulette. Together with Sahir House in Liverpool, the iconic club and creative social space have teamed up to raise awareness around World AIDS Day. For more information please visit:- Sahir.Org.UK.

The UK AIDS Memorial quilt is dedicated in remembrance to individuals who have lost their lives to AIDS. It's a moving, inspirational and irreplaceable piece of social history which tells the stories of many of those lost in the early days of the HIV AIDS epidemic in the 80's and 90's. Panels of the quilt will be available to see for free at 24 Kitchen Street, from Wednesday, 1 December to Sunday, 5 December 2021. Times vary so check social media for guidance.

In partnership with Sahir House, 24 Kitchen Street will be hosting free weekly crafting workshops with local textiles artist Graeme Lavery. Everyone of all ages and abilities are invited to come along and create their own panel for a loved one who may have passed away

from an AIDS related illness or craft something smaller in remembrance to be added to a larger patchwork of memories. Check RA.Co to sign up.

My Message To You takes place at the Open Eye Gallery from 3 December to 12 December 2021. Throughout the Latinx community here in the UK HIV+ cases are on the rise. To help bring light and information towards this, Public Health England funded Roberto Tevor of Numero Deserie a HIV+ filmmaker and artist to collaborate with 5 other Latinx HIV+ people to discuss their own lived experience in My Message to You. This short film will be featured as part of the exhibition. Luke Bryant who just exhibited as part of Homotopia Festival is photographing the AIDS Quilt Memorial workshops and capturing moments and stories of participants remembering and memorialising their loved ones to be displayed to Open Eye Gallery.

The Red Ball, on Wednesday, 1 December is hosted by David Hoyle who came to prominence in the 1990's as the Divine David, a kind of anti drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breath taking instances of self recrimination and even self harm. Kalypso is a drag queen who presents alternative looks one night, cabaret the next and something entirely otherworldly after. Severus Heyn is a self taught illustrator from Germany who will be creating a unique mural during The Red Ball and Dundee drag queen Auntie Climax also performs.

On the DJ side, for nearly 3 decades and over three countries, DJ Paulette has held residencies at some of the most prestigious clubs and best parties in the world, including:- the Hacienda (Manchester), Ibiza Rocks at Pacha and at Pikes Hotel (Ibiza). Bonzai Bonner from Shoot Your Shot in Glasgow and the irrepressible Sonic Yootha, 24 Kitchen Street's resident queer night, also star behind the decks. Tickets from:- RA.Co.

During the last couple of years some of Merseyside's best known landmarks have been lit red to mark World AIDS Day. Lighting the City and surrounding boroughs red raises awareness. Red symbolises the Red Ribbon, a symbol of compassion and support for people living with HIV and sends out a positive message that as a community Liverpool can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV and acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention. Locations lit red on World AIDS Day will include:- St Georges Hall, The Cunard building, Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool Central Library and Liverpool One.

About 24 Kitchen Street:- 24 Kitchen Street is a multidisciplinary arts venue based in Liverpool's creative hub, the Baltic Triangle. It specialises in Black Music and Culture and Queer Music and Culture and explores the intersectionality of both. In Feb 2021 24 Kitchen Street CIC was incorporated to provide more opportunities to provide support for the communities we work with. About Sahir House: Sahir House has been offering HIV support, prevention, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. Sahir House increases HIV and sexual health knowledge, reduces stigma and campaigns for the rights for those living with HIV and related intersectionality's (gender, sexuality, asylum status).

Just in case you do not already know, The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a precious artefact. Each of the panels is 3ft X 6ft to signify the average size of a grave. The Noel Peace Prize nominated AIDS QUILT commemorates lives lost to the AIDS Pandemic during the 1980's and 90's. It is a Public naming of loved ones lost, and a memorial for the many who died and went unnamed too. It is part of an international movement that sought to raise awareness of the impact of the AIDS Pandemic and ensure that these lives would never be forgotten.
 

 
      
 
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