South Wales firemen aim to reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in Newport
6:40pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Assembly minister joined Maindee firemen this week, in their aim to reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in Newport.
Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Assembly member for Local Government and Government Business, joined South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) at Maindee Fire Station on October 24, to talk about their work in reducing anti social behaviour and deliberate fire starting in the areas of Lliswerry, Broadmead and Stow Hill.
SWFRS have formed a partnership to combat this problem which include Gwent Police, Newport Community Safety Partnerships, Newport CBC, Natural Resources Wales, Newport City Homes, Fly Tipping Action Wales, Newport Street Scene and Newport Trading Standards.
Regular patrols will be taken between South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Fire Crime Unit and Gwent Police in the run up to bonfire night to identify unsafe bonfires and combat the sale and use of illegal fireworks.
Lesley Griffiths said: “Community safety is a very important priority for the Welsh Government. I am very pleased to see the valuable work being undertaken by South Wales Fire and Rescue service and its partners to help keep our communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period."
The Fire service will be conducting ‘days of action and engagement’ in the weeks leading up to Halloween and Bonfire night. Sean Jenkins, Station Manager, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Through working with the police and local authority we are reducing the numbers of fire calls, attacks on crews and ASB that historically occur during this period at this time of year”.
Both the SWFRS and Gwent police will be patrolling in Ringland on October 29, between 3pm and 11pm.
For more information visit www.southwales-fire.gov.uk
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