Fighting grass fires.(News)

Local initiatives aimed at tackling the number of grass fires started deliberately over the Easter school holidays have made a real difference, according to new figures released by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Over the holiday fire crews were called to 264 deliberate grass fires in South Wales, a marked 38 per cent reduction on the previous year's 423.

Significantly, the areas that have seen some of the biggest reductions are those where fire personnel have been actively engaging with their local communities to warn about the dangers and consequences of deliberately starting fires. One of these areas, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was proactively targeted with a joint partnership initiative between South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Police. …

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