Dorset Firefighters Start Mountainbike Patrols
10:44am 4th April 2013
Dorset Fire and Rescue have re-launched their mountain bike patrols on heathland across Dorset.
Trained staff from across the service will be responsible for these mountain bikes and conducting the patrols. The patrols offer and advice and support to anyone using the heathland, especially if they see something suspicious, our trained staff will also keep an eye out for any unusual activity on the heath.
Gaynor Mant, Community Safety Education Officer at DFRS said: "As the schools' Easter holidays approach young people are out of school and get bored, lighter evenings encourage more people outside and there is a trend that the number of deliberately set fires on the heathland increases.
She added: "The bikes allow us to get out and reach areas we have not been able to before, they also mean we can participate in the heathland patrols in the conurbation area in an effort to reduce deliberate fire setting on the heath. Plus they are an excellent way of keeping fit and reducing our carbon footprint."
Our partners are very supportive of the scheme and already have similar schemes of their own. Dorset Police, Urban Heath Partnership and local authorities continue to support us with our aims to reduce fires in these areas of outstanding natural beauty.