Hit squad puts safety first dur­ing fire­works sea­son

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

A cam­paign has been launched to put safety first dur­ing the fire­works sea­son.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil works closely with the fire ser­vice and part­ner agen­cies to raise aware­ness of the risks and dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with bon­fires and fire­works.

Now a ded­i­cated bon­fire ‘hit squad’ has been as­signed to each of the four ar­eas that make up South La­nark­shire to safely dis­man­tle and re­move unau­tho­rised fires built on coun­cil land.

This year they will be as­sisted by the com­mu­nity war­dens’ new mobile CCTV van which will be out and about help­ing spot po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bon­fires early enough to have them re­moved.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil Anti So­cial Be­hav­iour Man­ager Ali­son Moore said: “This ini­tia­tive is a great ex­am­ple of how ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing can be in achiev­ing real re­sults in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Around bon­fire night fire­fight­ers at­tend an av­er­age of 40 per cent more in­ci­dents than dur­ing the rest of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

On Novem­ber 5 it­self the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice at­tends four times as many call outs as on any other night tak­ing them away from other in­ci­dents with po­ten­tially tragic con­se­quences.

SFRS Area Man­ager Alan Fair­bairn, the se­nior of­fi­cer for South La­nark­shire, said: “Ev­ery­one has their part to play in pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and pre­vent­ing tragedy.

“If some­one is trapped in a house fire or af­ter a col­li­sion on the roads it’s vi­tal fire­fight­ers can get to them as quickly as pos­si­ble, so we want the pub­lic to help en­sure they aren’t tied- up at need­less in­ci­dents.”

Be safe The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Com­mu­nity War­dens and hit squads

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