After a pleasant day at stanage popular, we were heading back to the plantation car park. We noticed smoke coming from the plantation trees closest to us. Upon closer approach, we smelt fire.
Further investigation showed two gents had set up a camp, with 2 tents and a fire pit. They were readily throwing fire wood on an already very reasonably sized fire. I challenged them, telling them about the very high fire risk that has been widely publicised, stating that they should maybe not continue with the fire. Obviously this fell on deaf ears, and they basically said yes ok but we’re not going to listen to you.
Back at the carpark, on the very large banner about not having fires, there was a fire watchdog number to call in case of non emergency’s. I dialled this and was directed to a call centre where I reported the fire. Once I had phonetically spelt out stanage plantation the chap on the other end of the phone realised I was in Derbyshire, and told me to call 999. To me this seemed completely unnecessary because I didn’t view it as an emergency, whilst there was a fire, it was completely controlled. I didn’t call 999, Stanage Plantationand at this point I felt I had done as much as I could do.
In this situation, what would you have done? Did I do enough? Obviously if the fire spreads out of control, I’d feel incredibly guilty.
> In this situation, what would you have done?
Probably call the fire brigade and let them decide. Alternatively perhaps the non emergency police number (101). Probably thought my naturally charming nature would have led to an altercation earlier in the process…
Fire watchdog sounds a bit useless.
Good on you for attempting to educate. To my knowledge you're not allowed to camp there either? Let alone light fires!!
I'd of called 999 as instructed. May be totally overkill but the 2 gents would have got the message and probably been moved on.
What's that famous expression? You can't teach stupid?
Also as a firefighter, call 999, you might not see it as an emergency. But it very easily could be in 10, 20, 30 mins. Control generally ask quite a series of questions before deciding who/when to tip out to shouts.
We don't have a general non emergencies number like 111 and 101. Usually just the front desk at HQ in office hours, or station numbers, unfortunately not all stations are 24hrs, and in our brigade, they ring through to control outside of office hours anyway.
You should definitely call 999 in this situation. It may have appeared a controlled fire but there's no way of knowing whether the ground under the fire is smouldering and spreading unseen. Besides which, all fires are 'completely controlled' until they're not.