London Fire Brigade declares ‘major incident’ — Analysis

As the city was being battered by Hurricane Eunice, the service announced the news

The London Fire Brigade declared a “major incident” on Friday as the UK felt the full force of Storm Eunice, which made landfall in the southwest of England earlier in the day before moving east and lashing the British capital.

“We have declared a major incident in response to the volume of 999 calls being taken about #StormEunice related incidents,” The service stated this in a Twitter on Friday afternoon, local time. 

“Firefighters are still meeting the needs of our communities, but declaring a major incident allows us to focus our resources,” the London Fire Brigade added. 

The service’s Control Room took 550 calls between 10:30am and 1pm, the force said, noting that this is more than the average number taken in a 24-hour period. 

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 It also said it wanted to reiterate that 999 calls are only supposed to be made in the event of an emergency.

“Control Officers have taken a number of unhelpful calls, including to a tent which had blown into a neighbor’s garden and to a trampoline which was blowing around in the garden next door,”Notification of a Press Statement 

The O2 arena lost portions of its roof from heavy winds, and they flagged several genuine incidents its units were called upon during the day.

On Friday, Storm Eunice whipped parts of Ireland and the UK at speeds up to 122mph. In the Republic of Ireland there was one death. A council worker was clearing debris from storms when he was hit by a fallen tree.

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