Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have joined forces to launch FireStoppers – a new way for North East communities to provide anonymous information on deliberate fires.
While it is clear that all three Services have to manage different levels of deliberate fires, these are fires that shouldn’t be happening in the first place and are placing additional stress on our emergency services. Worryingly the region is twice the national average for deliberate primary fires (more serious fires that harm people or cause damage to property) and 3.5 times the national rate for secondary fires (small outdoor fires, not involving people or property.)
FireStoppers allows people who have information on deliberate fires to report them via a telephone line or an online form, without having to provide their name or other contact details. It is being managed by the independent charity CrimeStoppers, who after receiving an anonymous call or completed online form, will create a report that brings together all the information, removing any identifiable details of the person who has contacted them. The report is then sent to the appropriate police force.
Alan Campbell MP said “I would like to encourage everyone with information relating to a deliberate fire to call FireStoppers and report it, with the confidence that they will remain completely anonymous. This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to help prevent arson and deliberate fires from damaging their local community.”