Farm fire safety event in the Borders

Publish Date:

Wednesday 1 July from 6.30pm at Timpendean Farm

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, together with Police Scotland and NFU Scotland, are holding a farm fire safety and rural crime prevention event in the Scottish Borders to support the local farming community.

The event will take place on Wednesday 1 July 2015, 6 for 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Timpendean  Farm, Jedburgh by kind permission of Gavin Millar, NFU Scotland’s branch chairman for Hawick and Jedburgh.

Representatives from each agency will attend to provide farmers with information and advice on farm fires, accidents and crime related matters and discuss measures to combat these types of incidents. The event is open to all local farmers and will take the form of a ‘walk and talk’ tour of Timpendean farm, aiming to encourage open discussion amongst  attendees on a wide range of topics including seasonal fire incidents, wilful fire raising, equipment theft , animal rescue and special service incidents.

The event is designed to promote farm fire safety, including home fire safety, as well general safety and security and provides farmers with a great opportunity to speak with services and get first hand advice on preventative steps they can take including fire risk assessments, CCTV security systems and neighbourhood watch systems.

NFU Branch Chairman Gavin Millar commented:

“Rural communities are vulnerable targets and we need to take measures to guard against opportunistic, organised crime gangs. Fire can cause a significant amount of damage both immediate and long term to our businesses and property. We need to take the relevant precautions to ensure farms are protected from fires as best as possible and work with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the chances of fires occurring.

This event will focus on both farm fire safety and rural crime prevention, including wildlife crime, and will be a great opportunity for members to speak to the organisations involved and get advice.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service hopes this event will promote continued engagement with farming communities and raise awareness of these issues of significant local concern.

Watch Manager for SFRS Samantha Seeds said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is not just about putting fires out, but a large proportion of our work is focussed on protecting our communities and preventing fires starting in the first place.

“Farm fires can be devastating to your livelihood with the potential to put livestock and property at risk – not to mention the risk posed to human life. There are number of measures that farm owners can take to prevent fire and there are many organisations, including our own, you can turn to for free advice.

“Preventing fire on your farm is primarily your responsibility, and although SFRS will guide you on how to protect your property, you need to ensure you take all the necessary safety precautions.”

Visit our website www.firescotland.gov.uk for more information.

View the event here: https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/events/event/1710/?adminID=308&preview=d81ecd695baac63a65b1d3d33ed8e29e&expire=1433334275

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