More than a dozen firefighters came under attack during this time last year.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service released the alarming figures as part of a campaign urging people to have a safe and fun November 5.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Greater Manchester Police figures show that from September 1 to November 10 last year show that 15 firefighters were attacked during bonfire season.

Emergency services also received 984 hoax calls and 1,366 fires were started deliberately.

GMFRS said the number of hoax calls they were receiving was rising and these calls were removing resources from genuine incidents.

The Bang Out Of Order campaign aims to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour, encourage parents to have conversations with their children about their behaviour during the Bonfire Night period, and inform residents about the ways to report anti-social behaviour incidents.

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GMFRS will be visiting schools to share safety advice on bonfires, fireworks and anti-social behaviour.

GMFRS’ Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Leon Parkes, said: “I am encouraging everyone to support the emergency services during this Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

"This is an incredibly busy period for our staff.

“They deal with many dangerous incidents, and they should never feel under threat of attack or be sent to a hoax call when we’re so busy with real incidents.

“Setting fires, throwing fireworks and making hoax calls can cost lives and keep our firefighters away from dealing with life-threatening incidents.

“These actions are bang out of order and will not be tolerated.

“Please speak to your children and young people about the consequences of anti-social behaviour and attacks on emergency service workers who are just doing their jobs and working in potentially dangerous situations to save others.

“No one should be attacked for trying to keep you, your families and your communities safe.

GMFRS issues licences to shops that store and sell fireworks and advice has been sent to all retailers about what they need to do to store fireworks safely and reminding them that it is against the law to sell fireworks to under 18s.

Inspector Beverly Catterall, Greater Manchester Police’s Anti-Social Behaviour Tactical Lead, said: "As a partnership we are committed to tackling and reducing instances of anti-social behaviour that unfortunately occur at this time of year, as we understand how distressing this type of behaviour can be and the lasting impact it can have on individuals, as well as the wider community.

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are fun occasions for many, and we'd like people to enjoy themselves, but also to celebrate safely and behave in a responsible manner."