Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of grass fires after a teenager suffered burns, trying to put out a fire on a former colliery site.
"Last April we dealt with nearly 250 grass fires – we don’t want to be attending the same number this April."
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
The incident occurred at 6.30pm yesterday evening on fields at the rear of Church Lane, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme. The targeted response vehicle (TRV) from Newcastle was sent to deal with the small grass fire, however on arrival they came across a 14 year old male who had suffered minor burns. The teenager had tried to stamp the fire out and in the process his tracksuit bottoms had caught alight. He was treated by paramedics but did not attend hospital.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The teenager was extremely lucky that the burns were only minor. Clothing is very flammable and had the burns been more serious he could have been scarred for life or even worse the burns could have been life threatening.
"If you see a grass fire do not under any circumstances try and put it out yourself. Grass fires can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. Call the fire and rescue service and we will deal with it.
"Last April we dealt with nearly 250 grass fires – we don’t want to be attending the same number this April. For every grass fire we deal with, it means that firefighters are not available to attend other incidents, some of which could be life threatening. With the Easter holidays in full swing we’d urge parents and guardians to warn their children of both the dangers and serious consequences associated with starting small fires."
In just a six hour period from 2pm – 8pm yesterday firefighters dealt with 16 deliberately started grass fires, including a large heathland fire in Quarnford in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Four crews from Leek, Longnor and Buxton spent over two hours tackling the fire.