Firefighters get in the saddle to tackle anti-social behaviour in Chase Terrace

Firefighters are getting on their bikes to drive down anti-social behaviour in Chase Terrace.

Starting tomorrow (February 6), Community Outreach Firefighters (COFFs) will be monitoring Chasewater and Redwood Park. Two firefighters will spend three hours each week talking to young people there.

COFFS involves firefighters on cycles patrolling areas in pairs which are not accessible by engines. The scheme, which was piloted in Lichfield, is now used by other areas.

More than 20 firefighters at Lichfield and Chase Terrace have received specialist training to help them carry out these extra duties.

Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is funding the six-week scheme.

Watch Manager at Lichfield Fire Station, Carmel Warren, said:

“Our firefighters will be directed to areas in the community affected by anti-social behaviour. They will engage with young people in an effort to understand what their concerns are and the reasons why anti-social behaviour is taking place.

“We can then feed this information to partners such as Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership and the police in the hope that it has a positive impact on the number of associated incidents occurring.”

Nina Dawes, Chairperson of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, said:

“It is so important that we find out the root cause of why a small number of young people get involved in anti-social activities. Simply moving them on is a very short term solution to the problem.

“This kind of project is all about engaging with young people to look at what we can do to direct their attention into constructive activities. We’re delighted to be involved, as tackling anti-social behaviour is one of our key aims.”

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3 Comments

  1. Will Tinsdeall

    5th February, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    What I would love to see is the police on the streets engaging with young people rather than chucking them off places with their skateboards.

    I think they should get off their ‘high horse’ for a night and become youth again. Why aren’t the police doing stuff like this?

  2. Streethay Swampy

    5th February, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I agree 100% it should be up to the “police” to police this ! Firefighters should not have to cover for other services, they have enough to do.

  3. Tax Payer

    6th February, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    What police?Apart from one that came to my home to ask what “Diety” i spoke to i have not seen one for years!!