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Firies seek public’s help over arson in Dapto

Updated May 28, 2012 15:55:38

There’s been a series of deliberately lit fires in the Dapto area in recent days.

The station officer at Dapto Fire Station, Darin Sullivan, says the fires are becoming more dangerous.

“We had numerous grass fires lit all at the same time along the F6 and that caused disruption to traffic and certainly a danger to that passing traffic at high speed and we also had a truck fire lit in the early hours of Sunday morning,” he said.

Darin Sullivan says authorities suspect the same young people are responsible for the arson.

“There’s been young kids hanging around. One bushfire in particular we had two young children on an unregistered motorbike driving past the area as well,” he said. “Our concern at the fire station is that the kids are lighting fires that they might either get caught in themselves or that might cause some risk to the community in the process.”

Police are investigating the fires.

“These aren’t simple fires. These are quite dangerous in some examples and we’re certainly concerned so police and firefighters are asking anyone to keep an eye out and report fires as soon as they see them,” said Darin Sullivan.

Tags: fires, dapto-2530, wollongong-2500

First posted May 28, 2012 15:55:38

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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