21st Aug, 2019

Firefighters urge farmers to protect against arson attacks

Andy Morris 13th Aug, 2019

FIREFIGHTERS and police are teaming up to help farmers reduce the risk of an arson attack which could destroy their business, having been called to hundreds of rural fires in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has tackled 278 fires on farms and smallholdings across the county in the last three years.

Alongside Warwickshire Police and the National Farmers’ Union, the service has created a Farm Fire Safety campaign to share safety tips.

Warwickshire Police rural crime officer Carol Cotterill said: “While there is always the possibility of a fire in agricultural premises or on farmland, there are some simple steps farmers can take to reduce their risk and aid emergency services should a fire break out.

“I’d urge farmers to have a look at the farm fire safety booklet to assess how safe your farm is from arson. If you are unsure on any areas speak to your local fire officer who will be happy to help.

“Reducing arson on agricultural properties remains a priority for both Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police and it is hoped that by working together we can stamp out arson.”

Community fire prevention and arson manager Moreno Francioso added: “Farms are particularly vulnerable to arson due to their isolated location and open boundaries.

“While arson attacks on farms and smallholdings may be difficult to eliminate, a number of simple precautions can help to reduce the risk of attack.

“We are hoping to educate farmers through our prevention visits and our farm fire safety booklets, which encourages farmers to undertake their own risk assessment and identify areas where they may need our advice or assistance.”

Visit https://apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/api/documents/WCCC-1068-1069 for a copy of the Farm Fire Safety booklet.

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