08 Jun Urban fire golf
Firefighters in Wales have started using an innovative way to teach children about the dangers of grass fires by creating a unique and fun golf course in which every hole has a fire-related theme.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service staged an ‘Urban Fire Golf’ event during which children between the ages of eight and 14 were kitted out in firefighters’ clothing and underwent fire drills before playing on a specially designed course using the fire service equipment.
A special nine-hole course was created, with each hole providing information about fires to the children. The themes were varied and on one the children attempted to hit balls through the windows of a training building with water sprayed to put them off on another they chipped balls though a ring of fire.
Organiser Dane Larsen said: ““All agencies want to engage with communities at every level to make deliberately setting grass fires as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
“We ask parents to be more aware of the whereabouts of their children and to impress upon them the important message that deliberate fires endanger lives.”