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Firefighters supported by locals during Staffordshire Moorlands fires

July 4 2018
L-R: General Manager Amy Jones, Callum Smith, Station Manager Dan Keeling, owner Gary Keeling, Hugh Morgan & Incident Commander Neil Pedersen

L-R: General Manager Amy Jones, Callum Smith, Station Manager Dan Keeling, owner Gary Keeling, Hugh Morgan & Incident Commander Neil Pedersen

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to deal with two fires in the Moorlands and Alton.

We are making good progress at both incidents but are likely to have a presence for some time yet. It is hoped that our presence at Alton will be scaled back this evening, but it all depends on the progress we make during the rest of the day.

Brian Moss, Group Manager

Crews remain at an incident in an area of the Moorlands, between Thorncliffe and Shawfields, near the Mermaid pub. At the height of the incident on Saturday June 30 there were seven engines in attendance; however the incident has now been scaled back to three engines, along with a welfare support vehicle. Crews are using six hose reel jets to dampen down the area and they will continue to monitor for hotspots.

The Service are providing firefighters with all of their welfare requirements. However, they have gratefully received their first donation of food and drink from two Leek women Nicci and Dulcie (pictured below).

Firefighters also remain at the incident in Dimmingsdale, where they have been tackling a woodland fire since Monday afternoon (July 2). There are four appliances remaining at this incident and the High Volume Pump. This is being used to pump water from a local resident’s pond/lake up the slopes to the forest where firefighters are using seven main jets to extinguish the fire.

Changing wind direction and intense heat have made these incidents very challenging for firefighters and they have worked tirelessly to bring them under control.

At this time the cause of the fires is unknown. The police and fire service have no evidence to suggest they were started maliciously, though this cannot be ruled out.

Brian Moss, Group Manager, said: “We would really like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in supporting us throughout these incidents; it has been really touching to see the community pull together to do all they can to help, especially the Ramblers Retreat at Dimmingsdale.

“We are making good progress at both incidents but are likely to have a presence for some time yet. It is hoped that our presence at Alton will be scaled back this evening, but it all depends on the progress we make during the rest of the day.

“With the hot weather set to continue we would urge everyone to follow our fire safety advice which can be found on our dedicated webpage here.”