Rescue Board patrols Tallinn midsummer fires, says rules generally stuck to ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

One of a number of small fires the public held in Tallinn Tuesday night and which the Rescue Board inspected.
One of a number of small fires the public held in Tallinn Tuesday night and which the Rescue Board inspected. Source: ERR

Rescue Board (Päästeamet) personnel were on hand Tuesday night in Tallinn, checking up on the many bonfires people had lit to see in Jaanipäev.

ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) accompanied a Rescue Board team as they inspected the public's activities on waste ground in the residential district of Lasnamäe, site of a large number of fires.

The board's staff approached revelers to talk to them, often in Russian. The public generally seemed to generally be aware of the safety requirements which include having a fire extinguisher or water buckets at hand, AK reported.

The board also wanted to check that no fires had been left unattended.

"Another thing is strong wind – if there is a strong wind of 15 m/s (which there was not Tuesday night-ed.), you can't make a fire at all – it would cause sparks to fly everywhere. There needs to be someone standing by at all times, and at the end of a party, the fire needs to be fully extinguished with sand," the Rescue Board's Kesklinn district team leader Stanislav Sahharov told AK.

Jaanituli – a midsummer's eve fire – is traditional in Estonian and while this year's celebrations were somewhat more muted than usual due to the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic not having been fully lifted, they still went ahead in towns and villages nationwide, particularly as hot and clear weather predominated.

Aftermath of Jaanituli gathering Wednesday morning, in Vääna-Jõesuu, near Tallinn. Source: Andrew Whyte/ERR

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) were reportedly also monitoring gatherings to ensure none of them exceeded the maximum ceiling of 100 attendees, as well as for the usual checks on drink driving and other issues.

The original AK report (in Estonian) is here.

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