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 Reduction Board (SARB), which comprises of representatives from the three Fire and Rescue Services in Wales, Police, Local Authorities, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Met Office and other partners.
Over recent years we have had significant success in reducing the number of deliberate fires and where there have been specific challenges, we have seen the benefits of a co-ordinated approach. To further build on this success, the Wales Arson Reduction Strategy III, produced by the Strategic Arson Reduction Board, coordinates a delivery plan to further reduce the risk of arson across a number of focus areas. The Wales Joint Arson Group (JAG) is tasked with delivering a co-ordinated approach to arson reduction across Wales and reports to SARB on progress.
The ‘Operation Dawns Glaw’ initiative is one of the key deliverables of the Delivery Plan, through delivering a multi-agency targeted response aimed at reducing deliberate grassland fires between February and April. This achieved significant success in 2016, particularly for reducing larger fires that destroy significant areas of grassland and forestry. This success has meant that Operation Dawns Glaw is well embedded with the Joint Arson Group and will continue to deliver its aims for 2018.
Operation Be A Nice Guy (BANG) is targeted at the issues around unofficial public bonfires and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) over the Halloween and Bonfire periods. This operation has adopted a multi-agency approach which has seen some significant success in reducing calls relating to Bonfires and ASB to the Fire and Police Services, as well as encouraging a positive image of both Emergency Services within traditionally unreceptive communities.
What are we planning to do and why?
The success of the Dawns Glaw initiative in 2016/2017 and its evaluation has informed future strategy on intervention for deliberate grassland fires.
- We will continue to maintain the excellent partnership work, education and intervention programmes that have been put in place to reduce the risk as arson continues to impact upon society, our heritage and our environment.
- Youth intervention in areas of high risk will continue as education and diversionary activities have been found to be beneficial with target groups.
- Supporting Land Management arrangements will also be a focus for 2018/2019 as we build upon the links established through Dawns Glaw and influence Land Management strategies in order to reduce the risk of uncontrolled burning. We will bring together the key partners to review rural land management arrangements and provide a dedicated focus on reducing deliberate rural grass fires across Wales.
- We will also actively engage with partners and community volunteer groups to promote arson awareness.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
Throughout 2018/2019 we will:
- Continue to deliver the objectives of the Wales Arson Reduction Strategy III.
- Improve the information we hold about the scale and scope of arson across mid and west Wales.
- Reduce the risk of deliberate fires in buildings through the JAG Delivery Plan.
- Manage down risk due to deliberate fire setting associated with anti-social behaviour.
- Reduce the risk of arson and hate crime against people and property.
- Expand our network of community groups that are informed and active in reducing arson.
How will we measure success?
Targets for reduction are linked to the Wales Arson Reduction Strategy III and are reported on a quarterly basis to the Strategic Arson Reduction Board.
What will this mean to you?
Our communities 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 our partners.
Which Well-being goals does this objective align to?