Tuesday 15 December 2015
The Minister for Emergency Services Hon Jane Garrett and Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley joined forces with Crime Stoppers Victoria today to urge Victorian residents to help stamp out bushfire arson and reckless fires this summer.
The Minister and Commissioner added their voices to the call at the Crime Stoppers Bushfire ARson and Reckless Fires roadshow visit at the Diamond Creek Fire Station, along with representatives from the CFA, MFB, SES, DELWP, and Parks Victoria.
Crime Stoppers Victoria is asking local residents of Diamond Creek keep their eyes and ears open this summer to help stamp out deliberately and recklessly lit fires. Bushfire prevention is the responsibility of all Victorians.
Reckless fire and arson are attributed as being the cause of more than 50 percent of all bushfires across the country. Over the 2014-15 bushfire season there were 594 suspicious fires in Victoria, with thirty-nine offenders charged with intentionally causing a bushfire and seven offenders charged with recklessly causing a bushfire.
Deliberately and recklessly lit fires can threaten lives and property, and tie up valuable emergency service resources, leaving other areas of the state vulnerable, particularly on extreme and code red fire days.
If you think you have information about someone in your community who is deliberately lighting fires or engaging in reckless fire behavior call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation or report securely online. In an emergency call 000.
For more information on our bushfire arson campaign, please click here.
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