Firefighters are appealing for you to remain vigilant of deliberate fire setting

06/08/2020

 

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 our community.”

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

 

 

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