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Chief Fire Officer warns of dangers of setting grass fires

17/06/2014

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Flames Aren't Games

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging parents to remind their children about the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires.

The warming comes ahead of the national FBU strike which takes place on Saturday, June 21.

Peter Dartford has reiterated that it will not be business as usual when the industrial action takes place from 10am-5pm.

He said: "We are expecting fine weather at the weekend and, historically, during the summer months we generally see an increase in deliberate grass fires.

"It tends to be a small minority of younger people who engage in this type of anti-social behaviour but the consequences can be devastating when a grass fire takes hold. They generally spread rapidly, endangering not only the lives of those responsible but also innocent people in the area and local wildlife.

"I would strongly urge parents to ensure that their children are aware of the risks, particularly during the national FBU strike period when our resources will be stretched.

"We have a contingency plan in place and we will respond to all life-threat incidents. However, it is vital that people understand that we will not be able to respond to every call we receive and therefore it is key that people take every precaution to ensure they do not put themselves in danger."

The strike is the second to be held in what is the eighth round of industrial action to have taken place since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

Previous FBU strike periods were called on:

•    May 2, 3 and 4
•    January 3 2014, December 31 and December 24
•    December 13 and 14
•    November 13
•    November 1 and 4
•    October 19 (this date was cancelled the day before)
•    September 25

For information and safety advice visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2722.asp