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Firefighters extinguishing a car fire in Tallaght yesterday evening
Halloween

Dublin Fire Brigade received one call every 70 seconds on Halloween night

In one instance, firefighters from Tallaght were called out to extinguish a car on fire.

LAST UPDATE | Nov 1st 2023, 10:15 AM

DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE received one emergency call every 70 second last night on Halloween.

Between midnight on 31 October to midnight last night, Dublin Fire Brigade received 244 fire-related calls, of which 185 were Halloween-related. 

On X, formerly known as Twitter, the fire service said it experienced a high volume of calls last night, with approximately “one emergency call every 70 seconds”. 

Firefighters and advance paramedics were called to two people injured by fireworks. They were treated at the scene before being taken to Tallaght hospital. 

The emergency ambulance service received 385 calls during the same period. 

Dublin Fire Brigade posted on X about one case of a bonfire with “thick noxious smoke” in north Dublin yesterday evening. 

It warned people affected by smoke to “close all windows and call 999/112 for help”. 

In another instance, firefighters from Tallaght were called out to extinguish a car on fire. 

The car was blocking the entrance to a nearby estate and access was limited, the Dublin Fire Brigade said. 

Calls were also received in relation to grass alight near Portmarnock. 

Dublin City Council said that “damage inclement weather along with a robust bonfire fuel collection campaign by local authorities all helped with fire calls on Halloween night”. 

“An amnesty at local authority recycling centres before Halloween for items like mattresses also aided the situation,” the council said. 

“Alternative events to bonfires provided by the four local authorities meant that families could attend safe organised firework displays.” 

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