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Crews tackle more than 100 grass and bin fires over Easter

21/04/2015

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Flames Aren't Games

Firefighters tackled more than 100 small grass and bin fires in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent during the Easter holiday.

"Crews dealt with more than 100 grass fires during the Easter holiday which, although, is an improvement on two years ago, it is still far too many. This type of nuisance incident can take vital resources away from other potentially life threatening situations, such as road traffic collisions or house fires. They also endanger the lives of firefighters who are called to tackle the blazes as well as members of the community and, in rural areas, local wildlife can also be negatively affected." 

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater

Crews were called to 13 incidents in the east of the county, 22 in the west and 68 in the north.

This compares to 15, 25 and 62 incidents respectively during the Easter break in 2014 and 24, 27 and 145 in 2013.

Jim Bywater, Head of Risk Reduction, said: “Crews dealt with more than 100 grass fires during the Easter holiday which, although, is an improvement on two years ago, it is still far too many.

“This type of nuisance incident can take vital resources away from other potentially life threatening situations, such as road traffic collisions or house fires. They also endanger the lives of firefighters who are called to tackle the blazes as well as members of the community and, in rural areas, local wildlife can also be negatively affected.

“Anti-social behaviour such as this can have long lasting consequences for the culprits, including a fine or even a prison sentence. And having a criminal record, can impact on future career prospects of those responsible. It may seem like a bit of fun but the possible repercussions are no laughing matter.”

The Service launched its annual Flames Aren’t Games campaign, which will run throughout the summer months, prior to the Easter break.

It aims to educate young people on the potential risks involved with deliberately setting fires as well as to provide activities to entertain them during the school holidays. Diversionary events took place across the county during the Easter break.