Marking the anniversary of last summer’s devastating fires on the Staffordshire Moorlands, the Commissioner Matthew Ellis has praised the work of the fire and rescue service.
July and August 2018 saw fires sweep across much of the Moorlands area, with firefighters working tirelessly to tackle a number of major incidents made more challenging due to changing wind directions and the unusually hot weather.
Speaking one year on, Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Matthew Ellis said: “Moorland fires are a huge challenge for the fire and rescue service. An estimated three quarters are thought to be started deliberately, threatening nearby homes and destroying the habitats of local wildlife.
“One of my first visits last year after taking over governance of the service was to the Moorlands and it was an eerie sight, with vast areas of our beautiful countryside damaged and still smoking.
“I would like to pay tribute to the many firefighters who worked multiple shifts last summer to bring the situation safely under control, and who are again – albeit to a much lesser extent – working hard to tackle Moorlands fires this summer.”