Fire safety message for Easter break

Flytipping can be a deliberate target for fire setting, said station manager Stephen Thomson
Flytipping can be a deliberate target for fire setting, said station manager Stephen Thomson

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in Levenmouth wants to promote public safety throughout spring and the Easter holiday period.

SFRS see an increase in the amount of deliberate fires over the spring season - in Levenmouth in 2014 firefighters attended 50 per cent more rubbish fires over the spring three month period than in the previous three months.

We need people to join Scotland’s fight against fire and help us protect our communities

Stephen Thomson, station manager at Methil Fire Station

Station Manager at Methil Fire Station Stephen Thomson offered the following advice: “We need people to join Scotland’s fight against fire and help us protect our communities.

“Deliberate fire-setting is an offence; don’t accept it – report it.”

Outdoor fires, in particular rubbish and refuse fires, can overstretch local SFRS resources, taking firefighters away from other incidents and putting lives at risk.

SFRS will work together with partner agencies during the period to reduce preventable fires and keep people safe – but we need the public’s help to achieve these goals.”

Stephen said parents and carers have a responsibility to know what their children are doing and to keep them safe from fire.

He added: “Flytipping is also a problem in Levenmouth which can then be a target for deliberate firesetting.

“Where members of the public identify flytipping or large piles of refuse, they should be encouraged to report this via the Dumb Dumpers website www.dumbdumpers.org or the stop line on 08452 30 40 90.”

Alternatively, locals can call Methil Fire Station on 01333 424719.