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Campaign to cut grass fires after callout surge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

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FIRE bosses have re-launched a campaign to cut the number of grass fires crews are called out to following a surge in callouts.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended 22 grass fires in East Staffordshire from March 29 and April 15.

As a result, the service has re-launched its Flames Aren’t Games campaign which targets children and young adults to raise awareness of the dangers of deliberately starting fires.

Head of risk reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: “Young people who start grass fires seem oblivious to the fact that they are endangering their own lives as well as firefighters.

“For every call we receive about a grass fire there could be a person somewhere else desperately trying to get out of a burning building or trapped in a car crash in urgent need of our assistance.

“Our prevention work included visiting schools and youth clubs and engaging with as many youngsters as possible to warn them of the dangers of grass fires.”

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