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Arson Prevention Forum to attend major industry show

The Arson Prevention Forum will be exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham, UK on 23-24 September.

Arson accounts for 45% of all fires attended in the UK and costs society more than £1 billion a year in insurance claim pay-outs. The Arson Prevention Forum was established in 1991 to spearhead and co-ordinate a national campaign to reduce arson, raise awareness of the problem and bring together public and private sector organisations.

Lee Howell, Independent Chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum, and colleagues will be present at the Emergency Services Show, to answer questions and provide information.

Forum members believe that collaboration is the key to success. Working together to improve the effectiveness of prevention, protection, investigation and diversion activities will help reduce the incidence of fires and the associated cost.

Lee Howell, who is also Chief Fire Officer of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Whilst the number of deliberate fires is reducing, the cost to business, the government, the public and the insurance industry is not. This clearly emphasises that more needs to be done.”

The key priority for the Arson Prevention Forum is to bring together key partners to share good practice and focus attention on arson as a key strategic issue. Initiatives already put in place by the forum include jointly funding the first Arson Task Force in the UK and jointly funding the pilot of Arson Combated Together, a teaching resource aimed at tackling firesetting behaviour in schools.

For more information, go to www.stoparsonuk.org

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