Harworth and Bircotes has the highest number of secondary
fires within Nottinghamshire.
Secondary fires are generally small outdoor fires, that do
not involve people or property and include refuse fires, grassland fires and
fires in derelict buildings or vehicles.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue (NFRS) are working with
Bassetlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire Police to combat the high
proportion of secondary fires within the Harworth Community.
Between the start of January to end July last year there
were 40 incidents of secondary fires and this year we have seen an increase of
20% having attended 50 incidents within this time period.
Watch Manager Terry Rose said: “Deliberate fires cause harm
to our environment and can have serious health implications. We work hard to
keep our community safe here in Harworth by putting out these
“We are asking you to remain vigilant and take pride in our
local area by reporting any suspicious activity to the Police and Council so
they can take further actions to prevent these fires in the future.”
A local resident said: “The deliberate fire setting happens
just across from my house, not only is it damaging our local area but the smoke
is the most worrying. I am concerned about my family and children’s health as
the smoke is sometimes thick and can cause harm to my kids.
“The fire Service always attend the reports of these fires
quickly and efficiently. They are extremely professional and when the
deliberate fire is bad they visit to advise us to close our windows and doors
to make sure we are safe.
“I wish they would stop setting these fires and we can take
pride in the local area. The community within Harworth are fantastic and we do
not need people coming in to Harworth and Bircotes, setting fires and giving us a bad name. Together we want to take pride in
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at
Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is an alarming statistic and we will do
everything we can to support the Police and Fire Service to reduce and tackle
secondary fires in Harworth and Bircotes.
“Fly-tipping is a significant contributor to secondary fires
and we are working hard to address the issues around fly-tipping in this
community. But residents can also play their part and by reporting fly-tipping
and providing information if they witness fly-tipping taking place, we can take
action against fly-tippers and help to prevent secondary fires by clearing
fly-tipping before it is set alight.
“Harworth and Bircotes District Councillors, as well as the
Council, are working with residents to make their community a safer and better
place to live and by working together, we can all start to prevent secondary
fires from happening.”
Residents can report fly-tipping in confidence by calling
01909 533533 and asking for Environmental Health or via the recycling and waste
section of www.bassetlaw.gov.uk