No fun in deliberate fireraising

Crew Manager J. Dempsey presents Owen Henderson with his certificate and prize.
Crew Manager J. Dempsey presents Owen Henderson with his certificate and prize.

Historically the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy has a significant rise in the number of deliberate fires set during the school holidays.

That is why firefighters are embarking on a joint project with Fife Council community learning and development department to tackle the issue.

The project will take place within the Argos Centre in Kirkcaldy from July 9-13.

The youngsters chosen to take part will play a Wii firefighting platform game detailing the pressures a firefighter faces doing his job.

With help and guidance from fire crews at the centre, the project will be a fun and informative way to highlight to the youngsters the dangers of setting deliberate fires within their communities.

Crew manager J. Dempsey from Kirkcaldy community safety department, said: “Starting fires can seem like fun to kids but it is important they understand how dangerous playing with fire can be.

Out of control

“They often don’t appreciate that a small fire can quickly get out of control and threaten their lives as well as others.

“Deliberate fire setting also puts us all at risk as fighting malicious fires takes firefighters away from other serious incidents - such as a fire in your home.

“Children who are starting the fires can suffer serious burns that can scar for life, and fumes from these fires are highly toxic and can kill or seriously damage your health.”


Fife Fire and Rescue Service invited primary seven pupils from two local schools, Torbain and Fair Isle, to design a poster to promote the event.

After a great response, the innovative design by Owen Henderson from Torbain was chosen as the winner. Owen’s poster will now be used around the local area to publicise the event.

>> Any parents worried that their child might be tempted to start fires, should contact free phone 0808 100 3141 for confidential help and advice.