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Project Bernie returns for 2017

Posted on : 13 Apr 2017

Project Bernie returns for 2017
Picture caption; Caerphilly Council’s Youth Service representatives, Safer Caerphilly Representative and Firefighters from Caerphilly Fire Station.
An innovative project aimed at reducing the incidence of deliberate grass fires has returned for 2017!
Project Bernie has returned for 2017, aiming to reduce the number of deliberate grass fires set in and around the Bargoed and Caerphilly areas over the Easter holiday period.
The official launch took place at Asda in Caerphilly, where over 440 members of the public pledged their support and met the project’s mascot, Bernie the sheep.
The project uses a combination of social marketing techniques in education and enforcement to address the issue of deliberate grass fires – an issue which traditionally sees a rapid increase during the Easter holiday period and results in South Wales’ fire and rescue crews being stretched to breaking point.
Bernie will focus on a number of main areas including: -
•           Diversionary activities for young people
•           High visibility patrols to act as a deterrent.
•           Raising awareness among the local community
Robert Hartshorn, Head of Public Protection for Caerphilly County Borough Council said: “I am thrilled that Project Bernie has returned for 2017, as the project raises awareness of the devastating impact that grass fires can have on the environment. Project Bernie has seen instances of grass fires decrease by 44% over the past year and I look forward to seeing the continued success of the project”.
The deliberate setting of grass fires can incur a fine of up to £5,000 and a prison sentence for arson. 

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