The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have released a warning about deliberate fires after they revealed that fire crews had to deal with over 2000 incidents across Scotland last Autumn.
Deliberate fires present a danger to life, property and can have a detrimental financial impact on the local economy.
David Girrity is Group Manager for Prevention and Protection in Edinburgh.
He said firefighters will support Police Scotland in highlighting the need to report fire offending – and to identify those responsible.
SFRS has a zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire raising because it puts our communities at great risk.
We will continue to work very closely with our police and local authority partners to ensure that those responsible are identified and dealt with accordingly.
Deliberate fires, waste our time and resources and have the potential to delay us from reaching real emergencies – where every single minute counts.
SFRS undertake prevention work with strong partnerships to continue to reduce the risks in our communities.
Our firefighters work extremely hard to engage with the public and promote safety messages in order to keep our communities as safe as possible.
We would ask parents and carers to ensure that their children know about and understand the potentially tragic consequences deliberate fires can have, as well as the impact for responding emergency services.
SFRS is urging those with information about any deliberate fires to report it straightaway.