Objective 2 - To reduce the incidence of arson across mid and west Wales.
Where are we now?
The Arson Reduction Team co-ordinates the Service’s wide range of interventions to reduce the risk of deliberately set fires. This work is driven by the Strategic Arson Board, between the Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Local Authorities, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government.
There has been significant success in reducing the number of deliberate fires. In the eight year period between 1st April 2007 and 31st March 2015 there was a 65% reduction in deliberate fires across Wales.
What are we planning to do and why?
We will continue to maintain the excellent partnership work, education and intervention programmes that have been put in place to reduce risk, as we recognise that arson impacts upon society, our heritage and our environment.
We will continue to work with partners to support controlled burning, create fire breaks and to promote grazing. We will also actively engage with community volunteer groups to support community arson wardens.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
- We will deliver the objectives of the Wales Arson Reduction Strategy III.
- We will improve the information we hold about the scale and scope of arson across mid and west Wales.
- We will reduce the risk of deliberate fires in buildings.
- We will manage down risk due to deliberate fire setting associated with anti-social behaviour.
- We will reduce the risk of arson and hate crime against people and property.
- We will expand our network of community groups that are informed and active in reducing arson.
How will we measure success?
Targets for reduction will be provided within the Wales Arson Strategy III.
What will this mean to you?
Members of the community will be safer from the risk of arson and the societal and economic impact of this activity will be reduced. There will also be increased community involvement through collaboration with other services.