Fire service bosses have warned people to take extra care tonight as firefighters prepare to go on strike in a row over pensions.
Between 6.30pm and 11pm, West Midlands Fire Service and others across the region will be working on a skeleton staff.
Emergency 999 calls will still be answered, but WMFS area commander Paul Burnham said response times were likely to be much longer, with crews being sent to fires posing a risk to life taking priority.
He said Friday is traditionally one of the busiest times of the week anyway, and with some people potentially planning bonfire or fireworks events there were extra risks tonight.
He urged people to take extra precautions.
Lots of people will be looking forward to bonfires and fireworks. We’re not asking them to cancel their private partries or public events on Friday, but they must be extra careful and have in place all the safety measures they can.
The best option is to go to an officially organised public event.
However, even then, people need to bear in mind that we will have fewer fire engines available on Friday night, meaning that it could take us longer than usual to attend incidents. Organisers should make sure they have every possible precaution in place.
People must be vigilant if they’re cooking at home, whether it’s at teatime, for a fireworks party, or later when they get back from a night out.
And anyone who’s out for a few drinks needs to be as sensible as possible.
One firefighter from the West Midlands Fire Service is to remain in hospital overnight after a fire engine was involved in a collision with a tree earlier this morning in Birmingham. Three other members of the crew, who also suffered minor injuries, have returned home.
A West Midlands fire engine was involved in a collision with a tree this morning as firefighters responded to an emergency call in the Hall Green area of Birmingham.
The incident happened near the junction of Robin Hood Lane and Highfield Road at around 7.30am.
The crew were responding to an emergency call that was later established to be a false alarm by another team on route to the scene.
The four firefigthers involved suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for treatment. There were no other vehicles or members of the public involved in the collision.