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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Joining forces to keep Cannock Chase safe

11/06/2014

Sign at the front of Cannock Station
Cannock Community Fire Station

Firefighters are supporting the police and search and rescue team in their rural operations by donating four bikes for use on Cannock Chase.

"We are keen to work closely with our partners and strongly believe that in doing so we can prevent anti-social behaviour such as deliberate grass fires, educate people and respond to incidents in an ever more efficient and effective way." 

Cannock Station Manager Neil Pedersen

The aim is to help the police to tackle anti-social behaviour by enabling more officers to travel to the heart of the beauty spot.

In turn, a more visible police presence will assist the fire service as it will deter people from deliberately starting grass fires which traditionally see a rise during the warmer months.

It will also benefit the search and rescue team when members need quick and easy access to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to look for a missing person.

Cannock Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: "We are keen to work closely with our partners and strongly believe that in doing so we can prevent anti-social behaviour such as deliberate grass fires, educate people and respond to incidents in an ever more efficient and effective way.

"The sharing of resources including the bikes will assist the police in patrolling the vast areas of rural parkland that we have on Cannock Chase and Hednesford Hills as well as making it easier for the search and rescue team to cover ground quickly when members are looking for missing people and time is of the essence."

Partnership Manager for the Cannock Local Policing Team Duncan Rollo added: "We are very grateful to the fire and rescue service for the offer of these bikes. They will further enhance the mobility of officers and PCSOs across the district, improve access onto Cannock Chase and increase their visibility in areas of concern. This offer is further evidence of strong partnership working to make best use of resources."

David Wright of Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team said:  "When a vulnerable person goes missing, speed is of the essence.  Mountain bikes will allow Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team to rapidly search tracks and paths to enhance the chances of survival."