Quiet Halloween in Mission

Number of complaint calls and nuisance fires down drastically, says chief

Proactive measures are being credited for helping reduce the number of Halloween-related incidents this year.

According to Mission Fire/Rescue Chief Ian Fitzpatrick, strategy meetings held four days ago between emergency personnel and the local school district resulted in far fewer calls for service last night.

“There were nowhere near the same number of issues as the past four years,” said Fitzpatrick Tuesday morning.

The fire department had three trucks patrolling the district, responding to fireworks complaints calls, and explaining Mission’s bylaw prohibiting the devices.

Mission Public Schools had custodians working at local schools until midnight, and the RCMP put 15 officers on shift, said Fitzpatrick.

Additionally, 30 signs were erected around Mission, primarily at the entrance to subdivisions, and public safety announcements about the bylaw were broadcast and printed the week prior.