Welcome from the Chief
Staff spread the word on cooking safety this summer
Staff from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been out and about this summer spreading the word on cooking safety to locals and visitors alike.
We’ve already visited the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen and joined with colleagues from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.
We’re looking forward to visiting Sioe Môn, Flint and Denbigh show and Sioe Meirionnydd this month - call in to see us at our stand to find out more about preventing cooking fires in the kitchen.
We’ll also be hosting Open Days at Colwyn Fire Station on Saturday August 13th and at Wrexham’s new Ambulance and Fire Services Resource Centre (AFSRC) on October 1st – everyone is welcome!
Appeal to stamp out deliberate fires
I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and impress upon them the message that deliberate fires endanger lives.
Deliberate fires place tremendous pressure on resources, with our crews tied up for a considerable length of time trying to bring them under control which prevents them from attending other emergencies.
Remember - setting fires is a criminal offence and we are actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat deliberate incidents, employing the police helicopter to pinpoint the fires and to look out for perpetrators. We are also increasing patrols in hotspot areas over the summer holidays.
As part of this work, School Watch programmes have been launched across North Wales. School Watch is a scheme which aims to encourage everyone to keep an eagle eye on schools across the region, ensuring they are safe and free from crime and antisocial behaviour over the summer break.
I am pleased that we are involved with this initiative once again this year as it is imperative that we continue to look at ways of reducing deliberate fires within school grounds during the holidays.
Anyone who witnesses deliberate firestarting is urged to contact North Wales Police. If you witness a crime in progress always dial 999. Non-emergency calls should be made to 101 or via Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111.