Welcome from the Chief
Stamping out deliberate fires
With the lighter nights and warmer 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 the lives of the public and firefighters, they delay fire crews from attending genuine emergencies, and cost the Welsh economy millions of pounds.
Working with partners
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been working hard to drive down deliberate fires over recent years through a dedicated joint Arson Reduction Team with North Wales Police – working to a Wales Arson Reduction Strategy which provides a clear focus for organisations and individuals working together to reduce deliberate fires across Wales.
As a result of this work it is very pleasing to note a consistent decline in such fires over recent years. Collaboration, multi agency working and community involvement is key to our strategy and we will continue to work together to tackle this issue, and will be launching a new ongoing strategy in the near future. By working together to tackle deliberate fires we have demonstrated that education and intervention is key to making a positive difference.
It’s a criminal offence
Setting fires is a criminal offence and we are actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat deliberate incidents.
You can follow our campaign to reduce deliberate fires on Twitter by following #helpstopdeliberatefires.
Also, take a look at our You Tube channel nwalesfireservice here and watch the videos ‘A night to remember’ and ‘Burning your future’, which demonstrate the devastating consequences of deliberate firestarting.
How to report it
Anyone with information on such crimes is advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact 101.
Drowning prevention and water safety awareness
The Service is supporting The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Water Safety and Drowning Prevention campaign ‘Be Water Aware’.
This campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of everyday activities near water after statistics show that nearly 50% of people who accidently drown in the UK never intended to enter the water.
As a Service, we have assisted in numerous rescues or evacuations of persons from water - reservoirs, lakes, rivers and other inland water can put your life or the lives of your loved ones at risk.
Be water aware
Latest statistics show that in 2015, 321 people died after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water.
Most people would be shocked to hear that many of those people who drown just happen to be near water, such as runners, walkers and fisherman. They are unaware of the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water.
Drowning prevention and raising awareness is better than response and rescue or recovery - the fire and rescue service has successfully reduced the number of fire deaths by focussing on prevention work and now we must apply the same principle to tackling drowning.
People can make changes to their behaviour which may reduce their risk of drowning - and knowing how to respond quickly, safely and appropriately can help save lives.
Messages will be posted on Twitter using the hashtag #BeWaterAware and I’d ask everyone to help us by sharing these messages.