Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters will be talking to families in the Oak Tree area of Mansfield on Sunday (30 May) as part of a campaign to prevent deliberate firesetting in the area.
Crews from Mansfield and Edwinstowe will have fire engines and an outreach vehicle parked outside Oak Tree Tesco and Oak Tree Primary School between 10am and 2pm and will be explaining the dangers and impacts of fires while encouraging parents to make sure their children don’t get involved with firesetting.
There will also be representatives from Nottinghamshire Police, the Forestry Commission, Mansfield District Council and Sherwood Pines available.
The event follows a recent spate of deliberate fires in local nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest in the area.
NFRS has also been sending out information through school channels, social media and posters as well as participating in a multi-agency programme called ‘Prison, me? No way!’ about deliberate firesetting and other crime and safety issues.
NFRS District Prevention Officer Tracey Straw said:
“Deliberate fires, whether set with the intention of causing damage or as a result of campfires and barbecues, cause incredible harm and could even cost a firefighter or member of the public their life.
“Dealing with these fires also ties up our valuable resources and takes firefighters away from emergencies where they might be needed.
“We are using a variety of methods to get this message across and want to appeal to parents to talk to their children about this important issue.
“Parents or teachers who would like support in talking to young people are very welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Anyone who has information about deliberate firesetting in their community can report it 100% anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”