Reducing the risk of fires on farms

Hay bales in field
Lisa Paton

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) wants to work with farmers in South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Highland in a new Rural Risk Project set up to help reduce the risks from fires on farms.

SFRS firefighters respond to farm-related incidents including building and vehicle fires, special services such as casualty extrication following road traffic collisions, large animal rescue, flooding and fires involving grass, crops and refuse as well as false alarms.

Farms are particularly vulnerable to wilful fire-raising with their isolated location, open boundaries, and readily ignitable hay and straw stacks often making them easy targets.

The SRFS wants farmers to help them by filling in a brief questionnaire about their farm. In the event of responding to an incident firefighters will already know what risks are located where.  This will help fire crews make a better informed, tactical response to safely deal with an emergency and minimise the risk to life and property.

For more information and to access the form, visit the SFRS website.