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Report deliberate fires urges Falkirk fire officer

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There has been a spate of deliberate fires in the Kinneil woods and Polmont woods area.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is appealing to the public to report any information in relation to a number of deliberate fires in the Kinneil woods and Polmont woods area. 

Firefighters in Bo’ness and Falkirk have already attended a number of deliberate fires in the area with trees being set on fire.

Deliberate fires present a danger to life, property and can have a detrimental financial impact on the local economy.

SFRS work together with partner agencies Police Scotland, Falkirk Council’s Community Safety Team and Crimestoppers Scotland to prevent fires and support Police Scotland in highlighting the need to report fire offending.

Group Manager Eddie Ritchie said: "We unfortunately see an increase in the number of deliberate fires during the summer.

"In the run up to the summer holidays our personnel work around the clock - not just fighting fires, but visiting schools and youth groups to engage with young people.

"We would urge parents to ensure that their children know about and understand the potentially tragic consequences deliberate fires can have, as well as the impact for responding emergency services.

Group Manager Ritchie added: “We shall continue to work with our Police Scotland colleagues to ensure each incident is fully investigated. Fire setting is an offence – don’t accept it, report it.

"Those who start these fires deliberately are not only wasting time and resources, they must remember it could be someone they know who may be in serious danger elsewhere, but firefighters have been delayed due to their actions. Whether the reason for starting fires deliberately is boredom, bravado or wanting to see the fire engine go past with its lights on, it doesn’t matter, their actions could ultimately put lives in danger.

“Anyone with information on deliberate fires can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.”

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