Firefighters called more than 700 times to remove objects from people in five years

Firefighters in Humberside have been called to remove objects from people more than 700 times in five years, figures show.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 2:35 pm
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service were called 154 times to remove an object from someone in 2018-19.

Home Office data reveals firefighters were called 154 times to remove an object from someone in 2018-19.

Figures show that between 2014-15 and 2018-19, crews responded to this type of incident 743 times. Callouts of this kind were at their lowest in 2012-13, with 78 incidents.

The most common reason is typically to remove a wedding ring – resulting in 57 callouts in Humberside in 2018-19 – while releasing objects trapping limbs is the second most frequent reason, with 18 incidents in that year.

Humberside firefighters also had to remove handcuffs six times in 2018-19.

Nationally, firefighters removed objects from people 4,878 times in 2018-19 – the highest number on record.

Fire and rescue services are attending more non-fire incidents each year, with crews in England and Wales responding to 162,000 callouts of this kind in 2018-19.

Of those, 5,351 were attended in Humberside.

The national increase has largely been driven by crews attending more medical and collaborative, multi-agency incidents.

Although Home Office data does not show the location of incidents involving the removal of objects in 2018-19, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else.

The charity has suggested the coronavirus lockdown could lead to a spike in DIY mishaps and other incidents for emergency services to deal with.

Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: “We are aware of the potential for an increase in the number of home accidents requiring an emergency response because of the increased amount of time people are spending at home.

“During this period when people have more time at home, it may appear to be a good time to catch up on some household maintenance jobs including those for which they would normally call in expert help which is currently unavailable.”