By Raj Gill: The annual grass fire prevention campaign has been launched by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue.
The “Flames aren’t Games” campaign aims to highlight the dangers of deliberate grass fires.
This is after recent statistics showed there were over 1000 grass fires in Staffordshire last year.
Nearly half of the grass fires were started during school holidays. This led to the Fire and Rescue service educating students about the dangers of deliberate fires.
Mick Warrillow, the Neighbourhood Co-ordinator for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spoke to StaffsLive:
“We have caught children in the act of lighting fires. We immediately contact the police. They are questioned depending on their age and taken home to their parents.
“We do offer counselling services if that person becomes a fire setter. Grass fires are the small beginnings – they then move on to the larger things unless it is nipped in the bud.”
Click below to hear Mick Warrillow explain more about the campaign:
Statistics of grass fires for 2011
Tamworth – 168
Newcastle – 88
Moorlands – 70
South Staffs – 238
East Staffs – 30
Cannock – 179
Stoke – 272
Stafford – 67