Dublin Fire Brigade tweets its Halloween call-outs
Staff will keep public informed on its progress throughout the night on social media
Dublin Fire Brigade launches its Halloween campaign. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Dublin Fire Brigade staff have begun live-tweeting their way through Halloween.
A constant stream of posts from the @DubFireBrigade account will allow social media users to see just how busy things get.
The account will be tweeting using the hashtag #dfblive.
Last year firefighters had to deal with more than 600 different call-outs over the course of Halloween night and it is expected that this year will be no different.
Met Éireann has little by way of comfort for the fire service, with no rain, relatively warm temperatures and light breezes expected over the course of Saturday night.
Firefighters have already come under attack this week from hostile crowds at bonfires while responding to requests for assistance from the public.
On Thursday night, Luas Red Line services had to be halted near St James’s Hospital as crews tackled a large blaze on nearby Basin Street.
On Friday morning, fire crews again responded at Basin Street, only to be met with a hail of debris.
About a dozen bonfires were started on Thursday night and early on Friday.
Fire brigades are obliged to intervene in cases where fires are lit near overhead cables, near premises which can be affected by smoke and sparks and even on Astroturf pitches, which are sometimes used for unsanctioned Halloween events.
Dublin Fire Brigade has urged parents to supervise children and teenagers who may be attending local bonfires and warned of the dangers of fireworks.
Gardaí have also reminded the public that the sale, possession or use of fireworks in the Republic is illegal.
It is also illegal to have fireworks that may have been legally bought elsewhere and then brought into the State.