Firefighters in Nottinghamshire
have spent a total of 598 hours so far this year fighting fires that have been
In the past month alone, crews
across the county have attended 170 secondary fires, with a marked increase in
incidents being seen in both Newark and Sherwood and Mansfield.
On 22 May 20,000 sqm
of undergrowth was set alight in Oak Tree Heath Nature Reserve, Mansfield.
Four fire engines attended the
deliberate fire at around 14:10 which took four hours to extinguish meaning
they were not available to be mobilised to other potential incidents in the
Crews from Edwinstowe and Tuxford
attended several trees on fire with grass and undergrowth on 27 May at 23:50 in
Ollerton Pit Woods, this is one out of 18 fires that Edwinstowe have attended
just this month.
The deliberate fire setting
doesn’t stop there; recently there have been many incidents in Harworth with
fly-tipping being set alight.
Deliberate fires on average cost
the Service approximately £300 per call out to an incident. From January to May
2020 in Harworth this would have cost the Service approximately £5100.
NFRS are asking people to report
if you see someone deliberately setting fire to something, dial 999 and ask for
the fire service. To report suspicious behaviour or if you have information
about a crime, call 101 or Crimestoppers.
The Service also attended a fire
on 23 May at 11:18 caused by a disposable BBQ not being extinguished properly.
Crews from Ashfield Fire Station attended 10sqm of grass and undergrowth alight
following a BBQ that wasn’t put out appropriately.
District Prevention Manager Paul
Gair said: “As the weather continues to get warmer, and people are starting to
go out and about in their local area a bit more freely, we ask you to remain
vigilant and cautious when out in the local parks or countryside.
“Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
Service has a zero tolerance approach to deliberate fires as it puts the
community at risk.
“We are working closely with the
Police and partners to reduce the deliberate fires within Nottinghamshire. We
ask you all to be vigilant when out on walks and to report any deliberate fire
setting to the police through 101.”
Chief Inspector Elizabeth Rogers,
of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Starting deliberate fires risks lives - those
of the individuals involved, our communities and our colleagues. This is so
completely unacceptable and takes vital resources away from real emergencies.
“We will continue to work with
our colleagues in the fire service to tackle this issue and will take robust
action against anyone found to be involved. We also work jointly with
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on education and diverting people away
from such pointless and harmful acts.
“If you do see anything
suspicious while out and about, please report it to us on 101.”