Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a DVD to run alongside the Flames Aren’t Games grass fires campaign.
"We hope the DVD will help to educate young people about the dangers and repercussions of deliberately starting a fire."
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
The DVD has been created by ten Staffordshire teenagers aged between 14 and 16, who have a history of starting small fires deliberately and other anti-social behaviour offences.
The film was written and produced by the group during the summer holidays last year and aims to reduce deliberately started fires across the county.
The young people were asked to come up with a story board for the DVD and then to script it, film it, act in it, edit it and also produce a soundtrack.
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "Staffordshire experienced over 1,000 deliberately started grass fires last year and we hope the DVD will help to educate young people about the dangers and repercussions of deliberately starting a fire.
"We have worked as a partnership with a number of agencies to develop an effective approach to combatting these fires, which is why we asked some of the individuals who had started these fires to get involved."
Supporting partners are Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service, street wardens, Families First, The One Way Youth Program and Targeting Youth Support.
The DVD shows a young boy deliberately starting a grass fire and then follows the local firefighters rushing to attend. Whilst they are dealing with the incident, they receive a call reporting a serious road traffic collision but because they are in the middle of a field dealing with an unnecessary fire, it takes them much longer to get there which delays the rescue of the casualties.
The DVD is now on YouTube for people to watch and will be taken into local schools to be used as an educational resource tool. Visit the Service’s official YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/StaffsFRS to watch the video.