Education the key to stopping fire threat

PC Craig Simpson, and fire officer Colin Sanderson at Pitteuchar West PS. Pic: Steve Brown
PC Craig Simpson, and fire officer Colin Sanderson at Pitteuchar West PS. Pic: Steve Brown
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Firefighters and police officers in Glenrothes have stepped up their efforts to stop the latest spate of deliberate fires being set in the town.

With four significant call-outs for fire crews in as many weeks to attend deliberate fires being set in Warout Woods, police have increased their patrols in the immediate vicinity in a bid to apprehend those responsible.

And officers from the two emergency services in the town embarked on a programme of educating youngsters to the dangers of starting fires by visiting three primary schools; Pitteuchar East and West and Warout, this week.

Graham Arnott, Glenrothes fire chief, told the Gazette that getting youngsters to understand the dangers of playing with fire was vital.

“Education is a big part of our plan of prevention and youngsters need to realise that by fire crews attending a deliberate fire they are being prevented from possibly dealing with an emergency elsewhere.”

Fife Prevention and Protection station manager Steven Michie added: “Between April 2014 and January 2015 our figures show that Fife wide we are experiencing a reduction of 25 per cent of deliberate fire setting, in the Glenrothes area however, we are not showing a reduction and have this year experienced a number of deliberately set fires within refuge, vehicles and wooded areas.”

Education is a big part of our plan of prevention

Graham Arnott

Figures for 2014-15 indicate 383 deliberate fires in Glenrothes, a quarter of all such fires in Fife.