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Fire service appeal for Cumbernauld residents to report wilful fire-setting during summer

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:14 GMT on Sunday, July 7th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD residents are being urged to report wilful fire-setting, as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service prepare to face a sharp increase in deliberate fires, over the summer period.

According to Fire Service statistics, these types of incident account for more than 60 per cent of emergency fire calls across Scotland at this time each year, and often involve fires in grass and heathland areas, derelict and unoccupied buildings, refuse bins and industrial skips.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director for Prevention and Protection for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said that all emergency services, third sector organisations and council “work together… for a safer Scotland”.

He added: “This joined-up approach has resulted in a reduction of deliberate fires over the past five years; nevertheless more needs to be done to reduce these incidents, which often have a debilitating effect on local communities.”

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The majority of incidents occur during the summer and early autumn months and are more common during late evening and weekend periods. Firefighters will be working with representatives from partner agencies to raise public awareness of the dangers of lighting fires, and at the same time keeping a careful watch to identify and manage local areas of high activity.

Assistant Chief Officer Ramsay continued: “Ensuring the safety of the public and protecting property from fire is our main concern. Deliberate fire setting is an offence and should be reported to Police Scotland. Alternatively, crimes can be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111.

“Fire setting is an offence, don’t accept it, report it!”

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