Westlands had a member of the Cleveland Fire Brigade visit our students to discuss "nuisance fires".
With only 18 fire engines and over 600,000 people living in the area covered by Cleveland Fire Brigade, unnecessary calls to nuisance fires can put lives at risk. The firefighters that look after towns as far north as Seaton Carew and as far east as Loftus cannot be in two places at once - so what do they do?
Students at Westlands discussed the options with the Fire Prevention Officer; looking at how they can help by reporting issues such as fly-tipping (the illegal dumping of household and business waste) and unattended fires - like abandoned campfires and portable barbecues. They learned that over 85% of calls received by the Brigade are for nuisance fires, with grass, vehicle and rubbish fires making up the majority.