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.
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.
event follows a recent spate of deliberate fires in local nature reserves and
sites of special scientific interest in the area.
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.
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
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.”