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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Grass fires spark campaign in north of the county

04/03/2016

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding children and parents that ‘Flames Aren’t Games’ as part of its grass fire prevention campaign.

“Our prevention work includes visiting schools and engaging with as many young people as possible to warn them of the potential risks posed by grass fires. Grass fires not only endanger the lives of those who start them but also put firefighters and members of the local community at risk."

Community Safety Lead James Russell said:

The initiative delivers hard-hitting messages to highlight the potential dangers of deliberately setting fires.

The Service tends to see an increase in grass blazes over the school holidays, often due to children and young people playing with fire. It is raising awareness of the situation in readiness for the Easter break.

Firefighters will visit five schools in the north of the county over the next few weeks where hundreds of pupils will watch a presentation about the possible consequences of starting fires.

Community Safety Lead James Russell said: “Our prevention work includes visiting schools and engaging with as many young people as possible to warn them of the potential risks posed by grass fires. Grass fires not only endanger the lives of those who start them but also put firefighters and members of the local community at risk.

“A grass fire can spread quickly and can have devastating effects on the environment and wildlife, causing a great deal of suffering to any animals in its path.

“For every call we receive about a grass fire, potentially there could be a person somewhere else in need of our assistance.
“Starting a fire deliberately is not clever – it’s a crime. The penalty for people found guilty of this type of anti-social behaviour is a fine of up to £5,000 or even a prison sentence. It may also have a significant long-term impact on the culprit’s future, affecting job prospects.”

‘Flames Aren’t Games’ presentations will be taking place at:
• Newcastle Academy on March 3
• St Peter’s Academy on March 7
• Parkhall Academy on March 9
• Maple court Academy on March 14
• Eaton Park Academy on March 16

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