£1.5m on tackling arson
ALMOST £1.5m of taxpayers’ money has gone up in smoke due to firefighters having to battle arson attacks.
Fighting deliberate fires has cost North Wales Fire and Rescue Service £1,478,796.41 since January 2014, with crews having attended 2,105 such incidents.
The number is likely to be much higher, as figures revealed following a Freedom of Information Request by the Mail’s sister paper the Daily Post were not available after March 21 this year due to a change of system at the fire service.
Wrexham was by far the most prolific area for deliberate fires, with 835 blazes costing the fire service £428,492.93.
The county recorded almost double the amount of the second worst area, Flintshire, with 434 fires costing £283,091.01.
Tim Owen, arson reduction manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, slammed those who set fires deliberately.
He said: “Deliberate fire setting is completely unacceptable, as well as the associated monetary cost.
“These fires put extra pressure on our resources and can put the lives of the fire crews and the public at risk”