East Staffordshire saw a 278% increase in grass, bin and rubbish fires over this year’s Easter break compared to the same period last year Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.
“Crews dealt with 25 grass, rubbish and bin fires during the Easter holiday. It is very concerning to see such a large increase in deliberate fires in such a short space of time."
Prevention Manager, Rebecca Gill
Crews were called to 25 incidents in the east of the county during the Easter break in comparison to just nine in 2015 and eight in 2014.
Prevention Manager, Rebecca Gill said: “Crews dealt with 25 grass, rubbish and bin fires during the Easter holiday. It is very concerning to see such a large increase in deliberate fires in such a short space of time.
“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 the future career prospects of those responsible. It may seem like a bit of fun but the possible repercussions are no laughing matter.
“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 they can have a devastating impact on local wildlife.
“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.”