Young farmers will learn farm safety at Duns Fire Station

The number of farm fires in the Borders  has been on the rise.
The number of farm fires in the Borders has been on the rise.

The number of farm fires in the Borders has been increasing and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are looking at ways of improving safety on farms.

Over the past three years there have been almost 140 farm fires and Duns Fire Station manager Matt Acton told last week’s Berwickshire Area Forum: “We are currently looking at new ways to engage with the farming community to provide advice and guidance regarding farm fire safety and security.

“Work has taken place in partnership with Police Scotland, the NFU, NFU Mutual and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers, where we have identified a number of positive engagement opportunities.

“These include farm walk and talks, attending agricultural shows, markets and auctions, and engagement with young members of the farming community.

“As part of this initiative, Reston Young Farmers will attend Duns Fire station on Wednesday, March 22, for a tour of the fire station and to take part in presentations from firefighters and colleagues from Police Scotland.

“A review will take place following this, with a view to rolling this out across the young farmers’ clubs across the Borders.”

Farm fire safety and crime prevention safety has been on the agenda for local emergency services in recent years and a ‘walk and talk’ events was held Whitsome East Newton Farm to discuss various topics and give expert advice as well as practical safety demonstrations.