Fire Service warning over gorse blazes

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is warning of the extreme dangers and serious consequences of deliberate fire setting in the countryside and is also appealing to young people to help protect their local community, by acting responsibly.

Dale Ashford of the NIFRS said that they been working hard to address the problem of gorse fires, however it still remains a community problem,

Last year (2013/14) the NIFRS attended over 2,000 gorse fires, with a particular spike in operational activity last April, resulting in Firefighters attending 387 gorse fires in the first 7 days of April 2013 alone.