Angus firefighters have called on the public to back a campaign to cut down on the risk of wildfires in the countryside.
With the peak period for incidents approaching, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is raising awareness to tackle the problem across the area. Last year firefighters were called to deal with hundreds of wildfire incidents across Scotland, and the demand on SFRS resources was significant and the service is keen to work with land managers, tourists and communities to help cut the number fires in a bid to protect the countryside and its residents.
Craig Thomson, group manager for Angus, said: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to join ‘Scotland’s Fight Against Fire’ and we are asking communities, tourists and visitors to be aware of the heightened risk of wildfire at this time of year. We want people to act responsibly in a countryside environment, such as properly disposing of smoking materials to prevent these fires happening in the first place.”
Further information is available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk.