FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to think twice about their actions as part of this year’s Halloween and Bonfire Night safety campaign after a crew in Oldham came under attack last night.

Crews from Hollins Fire Station were responding to reports of a fire in the open in Limeside Park, Park Road, Oldham at 16:32 on Tuesday (October 29) when a bottle was thrown at their fire engine.

Thankfully, neither the crew or the fire engine was damaged, but firefighters are reminding people about the potential consequences of anti-social behaviour and asking people to think twice.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s head of prevention, Damian O’Rourke, said: “Nobody expects to go to work, especially in a job where they are protecting the community on a daily basis, and have missiles thrown at them. Luckily nobody was hurt but it could have been far worse. Dealing with nuisance fires and anti-social behaviour takes firefighters away from potentially more serious incidents where lives could be at risk in the same community.

“We do see a rise in incidents of this nature as the dark nights set in and as part of our annual Halloween and Bonfire Night campaign, Treacle, I would urge people to think carefully about their actions as behaviour like this can have major consequences.”