A new wave of pro-active campaigning by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will see firefighters get on their bikes to drive down incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Chase Terrace area.
Starting on Saturday, February 6th, Community Outreach Firefighters (COFFs) will be monitoring Chasewater and Redwood Park. Two firefighters will spend three hours each week talking to young people there.
"We hope our continued partnership working continues to have a positive effect and helps to make Staffordshire the safest place to be."
Carmel Warren, Watch Manager, Lichfield
COFFS involves firefighters on cycles patrolling areas in pairs which are not accessible by engines.
The scheme, which was piloted in Lichfield, is now employed by other area commands across the Service.
More than 20 firefighters at Lichfield and Chase Terrace have received specialist training to help them carry out these extra duties.
Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is funding the six-week scheme which has been launched following anti-social behaviour incidents around Chase Terrace.
Watch Manager at Lichfield Fire Station, Carmel Warren, said: "Our firefighters will be directed to areas in the community affected by anti-social behaviour.
"They will engage with young people in an effort to understand what their concerns are and the reasons why anti-social behaviour is taking place.
"We can then feed this information to partners such as Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership and the police in the hope that it has a positive impact on the number of associated incidents occurring.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership for funding this project.
"We hope our continued partnership working continued to have a positive effect and helps to make Staffordshire the safest place to be."
Nina Dawes, Chairperson of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, said: "It is so important that we find out the root cause of why a small number of young people get involved in anti-social activities. Simply moving them on is a very short term solution to the problem.
"This kind of project is all about engaging with young people to look at what we can do to direct their attention into constructive activities. We’re delighted to be involved, as tackling anti-social behaviour is one of our key aims."