Burton firefighters are visiting high schools in the area to raise awareness of the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires as part of their ‘Flames Aren’t Games’ campaign.
"Ensuring the safety of the local community is important to us, so we welcomed the opportunity to support this campaign."
Community Development Manager at Burton Albion Football Club, Andy Taylor
The Service tends to see a dangerous increase in grass fires over the school holidays, often due to children and teenagers starting fires. The ‘Flames Aren’t Games’ campaign hopes to combat this by educating young people about the dangers of starting fires deliberately. The campaign is supported by Burton Albion Football Club and players Adam Bolder and Nathan Stanton feature on the campaign posters.
Firefighters have visited De-Ferrers High School this week and will be visiting Abbot Beyne School and Arts College on Tuesday.
East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Ian Pullen said: "Young people who start grass fires seem oblivious to the fact that they are endangering their own lives as well as firefighters.
"A grass fire can quickly spread and it does not take much for clothing to set on fire and before you know it, you have horrific burns which could claim your life.
"For every call we receive about a grass fire there could be a person desperately trying to get out of a burning building or trapped in a car crash in urgent need of our assistance.
“We work closely with partners to address the reasons for this type of crime and we hope by using role models, such as the footballers, we can educate young people about the dangers of playing with fire."
Community Development Manager at Burton Albion Football Club, Andy Taylor said: "Ensuring the safety of the local community is important to us, so we welcomed the opportunity to support this campaign. We realise that our players are seen as role models, particularly amongst teenage boys, so hopefully by using the players to raise awareness of the dangers we can send out a strong message that flames really aren’t games."