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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Reduction in easter grass fires in north Staffordshire

15/04/2016

North Staffordshire saw a 56% decrease in grass and bin fires over this year’s Easter break compared to the same period last year Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.

“Although any fire is one fire too many, we are pleased to see a significant reduction following our hard work with our grass, rubbish and bin fire 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 starting deliberate fires."

Prevention Manager, Donna Broadhead

From March 25 until April 6 this year there was a total of 26 grass fires in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and the Moorlands compared to 59 during last year’s Easter holidays.

Prevention Manager, Donna Broadhead said: “Although any fire is one fire too many, we are pleased to see a significant reduction following our hard work with our grass, rubbish and bin fire 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 starting deliberate fires. Grass, rubbish and bin fires not only endanger the lives of those who start them but also put firefighters and members of the local community at risk.

“A 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.

“Whilst we are dealing with these fires, it means some of our crews aren’t available to attend other emergencies. We would also ask parents, guardians and the community at large to assist us in re-enforcing this safety message. The grass fires campaign will continue throughout the summer months.”

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.

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