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London firefighters declare ‘major incident’ – RT World News

The service made the announcement as the city was battered by Storm Eunice on Friday

London firefighters declared a ‘major incident’ on Friday as the UK felt the full brunt of Storm Eunice, which made landfall in south-west England earlier in the day before moving southward. is and whip the British capital.

“We have declared a major incident in response to the volume of 999 calls received regarding incidents related to #StormEunice,” the service said in a tweet on Friday afternoon local time.

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

The service’s control room took 550 calls between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the force said, noting that’s more than the average number taken over a 24-hour period.

London firefighters declare ‘major incident’ – RT World News

He also said he wanted to reiterate that 999 calls are only supposed to be made in an emergency.

“The screeners took a number of unnecessary calls, including to a tent that had blown in a neighbour’s garden and a trampoline that was blowing in the neighboring garden,” notes a press release.

They reported a number of genuine incidents to which its units were called during the day, including the O2 arena losing parts of its canvas roof due to high winds.

Parts of the UK and Ireland were hit by storm Eunice on Friday, with winds reaching up to 122mph (198kph). One fatality has been reported in the Republic of Ireland, where a council worker clearing debris from the storm was hit by a falling tree.

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