Firefighters in Stone are supporting their fire appliance with pedal power on two wheels in a bid to prevent fires.
“Firefighters will be out and about in the Stone Area in the coming months and we encourage anyone who sees them to please stop, have a chat."
Prevention Manager, Neil Pedersen
The move is an initiative by the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and will see firefighters taking to bikes to better access difficult to reach areas and closer engagement within the community.
There are six retained firefighters from Stone Fire Station who have received the safety training for the service initiative. The two bikes will be used by the ‘Community Outreach Firefighters’ (COFFS) and have been adorned with fire and rescue service branding.
The aim is to increase visits to areas which are harder to reach for normal vehicles – such as parkland, woodland pathways, canal towpaths and grass fire hot spots. The firefighters will aim to engage with the local community, for instance speaking to boat owners and walkers about fire prevention and safety.
Prevention Manager, Neil Pedersen said: "This is an innovative and cost effective way in which we can spread our fire prevention and other safety messages to areas of the community that are normally difficult for our fire appliances or other vehicles to reach.
"It is also of course, an added way for firefighters to keep fit and encourages other members of the community to do the same.
"Firefighters will be out and about in the Stone Area in the coming months and we encourage anyone who sees them to please stop, have a chat and discuss any concerns you may have about any safety issues that you are concerned about within your own home or your community"
The bikes will officially be launched at a Staffordshire Police event next week at Aston Marina. Police officers and firefighter will be at the marina on April 5 between 10am and 2pm for ‘canal watch.’
Firefighters will be speaking to boat owners about fire safety and offering free home and boat fire risk checks.