WHILST many people took the chance to unwind during the festive period, Avon Fire and Rescue Service staff continued to carry out their live-saving work.

Throughout the Christmas period, the organisation's Fire Control received 178 calls, whilst firefighters tackled 16 fires and attended 25 non-fire calls including road traffic collisions and rescues.

North Somerset staff continued to work hard, promote fire safety, and support local charities. 

Clevedon fire staff even tackled a Boxing Day run dressed in fire kit and breathing apparatus to raise vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

A spokesperson from the Avon Fire and Rescue team said: "Did you have a Merry Christmas?

"With many of our staff working across the festive period, the Christmas cheer was certainly brought to work! However, despite the time of year, our staff continued to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.

"Over the 2023 Christmas period (24/12 - 26/12) we had: 178 calls taken by Fire Control, 16 fires, 25 non-fire calls including road traffic collisions, rescues, and more, and 32 false alarms.

"Our staff also shared some of their festive antics.

"From Chew Magna: Our crew from Chew Magna were humbled to attend the Chew Valley Christmas Eve Tractor Express. The Chew Valley Tractor Express this year was in memory of well- known Chew resident Ami Millard who sadly passed away during the latter part of this year.

"Donations raised this year will be used to provide bespoke bereavement training in the local schools giving them the skills and confidence they need to support grieving children and young people in their care and also to support the work of St Peter's Hospice.

"From Yate: Crews from Yate were delighted to run alongside the community in celebration at the Chipping Sodbury parkrun. What a way to kick off Christmas Day!

"From Clevedon: A big shout out to everyone who took part in the Boxing Day run this year. A special mention to firefighters Henry, Ross, Ash, Scott and Tom who ran it in fire kit and breathing apparatus in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

"From Bath: Crew ran alongside their community in Bath, and attended a call to a false alarm at a very festive church!"