Stamping out deliberate fires
With the lighter nights and warm weather upon us, I'm making an
appeal to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children
and help us to prevent deliberate fires.
Deliberate fires endanger lives the lives of the public and
firefighters, they delay fire crews from attending genuine
emergencies, and cost the Welsh economy millions of pounds.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been working hard to
drive down the incidence of all deliberate fires over recent years
- but as the nights get lighter and the weather becomes warmer,
there is often a rise in the number of deliberately set fires.
Driving down deliberate fires has involved a concerted effort
through a variety of initiatives including partnership working with
other agencies such as the work of the joint Arson Reduction Team
with North Wales Police, youth engagement through the Phoenix, as
well as a range of targeted safety campaigns.
Setting fires is a criminal offence and North Wales Fire and
Rescue Service is actively working alongside North Wales Police to
combat deliberate incidents.
You can follow our campaign to reduce deliberate fires on our
social media by following #helpstopdeliberatefires and on our
website www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk . Also, take
a look at our You Tube channel nwalesfireservice and watch the
video 'A night to remember', which demonstrates the devastating
consequences of deliberate firestarting.
Anyone with information on such crimes is advised to anonymously
call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact 101.