16 August 2018
gathering of people involved in operation

A fire investigation dog, emergency rescue demonstrations, police and fire vehicles, drone displays and face painting will be among the many attractions at a fun day to be held in Daventry next week.

An Emergency Services Day of Fun will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at DSLV E-Act Academy in Hawke Road as part of Operation Unite, which is a partnership project to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in and around the town centre.

The operation is being led by the Arson Task Force and Daventry District Council’s Community Safety Partnership to help bring the community together in confronting arson and anti-social behaviour.

The aim of the fun day is to provide some summer fun for local people, while providing the opportunity for them to engage with the emergency services about issues in the area.

Andy Evans of the Arson Task Force said: “There will be plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy at the Emergency Services Day of Fun.

“Not only will it be a great opportunity for us to do our work and hand out important safety information relating to arson and anti-social behaviour, but it will give local people a good chance to enjoy all the day has to offer.”

The day will run from 10am to 4pm, with scheduled activities including:

  • 11am: A crew from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) demonstration of  a rescue, following a staged road traffic collision
  • Midday: Drone demonstration
  • 2pm: Rescue demonstration following staged road traffic collision
  • 3pm: Demonstration of work by NFRS’ fire investigation dog

A day of community action will also take place the following day (Thursday, August 23) where members of the Arson Task Force and Daventry District Council’s Community Safety Partnership will be calling on local people, carrying out questionnaires about issues and sharing fire safety advice with those who live on the Southbrook estate.

The Community Safety Partnership brings together organisations including Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, NFRS, Northamptonshire County Council, Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, Futures Housing Group and others to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour within the community.

About Operation Unite:

Launched in December 2017, Operation Unite is working to reduce arson and anti-social behaviour in and around Daventry town centre.

Previous events include a town centre survey to gain feedback on issues affecting the area, and a day of action on the Southbrook estate to share fire prevention and community safety advice with residents.

As well as community projects like Operation Unite, the Arson Task Force also works with young people who are playing with fire. If you have concerns about a child or young person playing with fire please contact the team on 01604 797160 or email arsontaskforce@northantsfire.org.uk.

Anyone with information about any incidents of deliberate fire setting is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.