Strimmers donated to Wales CRC

Two strimmers have been donated to Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) by South Wales Fire and Rescue to help them prevent grassfires.

Offenders completing Community Payback activity will use the equipment to clear fire breaks in vulnerable areas near housing that has previously been subject to grassfires.

Wales CRC has worked closely with South Wales Fire and Rescue for a number of years, and offenders recently appeared in a promotional film about the dangers of grassfires.

South Wales Fire and Rescue have been running a campaign to highlight the dangers of deliberately set grassfires – in 2015, there were 1,173 fires set deliberately on the rolling hills of the south Wales valleys.

Stephen Cox, Community Payback supervisor, said: “We’re very thankful to South Wales Fire and Rescue for donating these strimmers to us. This is an annual occurrence where the mountains are subject to arson attacks, the fires spread rapidly through the dry bracken, gorse and anything else in its path which put people, homes, wildlife and the local bio-diversity and eco system at serious risk. Our service users put in the hard graft to keep the area safe – and this year, we have seen a lot fewer grass fires in the area.”