‘Zero tolerance’ warning on fire-raising as busiest time of year approaches

Fire chiefs have promised a zero tolerance approach to anyone who deliberately starts blazes as they prepare to deal with one of the busiest times of the year.

The warning comes as new figures show 45 fires were started in Fife in October and November last year.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched a campaign to highlight its work with police in tackling potential threats to life and is warning of the additional strain the crimes place on the service.

Assistant Chief Officer Dave McGown said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire-raising because it puts our communities at great risk.

“It presents a danger to life, property and the environment.

“We will continue to work very closely with our police and local authority partners to ensure those responsible are identified and dealt with accordingly.”

Mr McGown added: “It absolutely goes without saying that we prefer to prevent fires, not fight fires.

“As a result, our firefighters work extremely hard to engage with the public and promote safety messages in order to keep our communities as safe as possible.

“Parents and carers can also help by making sure children and young people are aware of the risks of playing with fire and the consequences of deliberately setting a fire.”