More than 1,000 visitors flocked to Daventry today to attend an Emergency Services Fun Day organised as part of a wider project to tackle arson and anti-social behaviour in the area.
The event was held at DSLV E-Act Academy as part of Operation Unite, which is a partnership project led by the Arson Task Force and Daventry District Council’s Community Safety Partnership.
The fun day, which included drone displays, emergency rescue demonstrations and kids’ activities such as face painting, was just part of ongoing work to engage with the community about issues in and around the town centre.
Andy Evans, from the Arson Task Force, said: “It was great to see so many people turn out to enjoy all the planned activities and events we set up for the Emergency Services Day of Fun. This was such a fantastic day.
“The Rapid Relief Team gave out 700 to 800 free burgers as well as teas and coffees to people in the local community who filled out questionnaires to help advise our local work into tackling arson and anti-social behaviour. We are so grateful for the brilliant contribution they, and all the partners involved, made to make this day such a success. It really was successful partnership working.”
Tomorrow, work will continue when members of the Partnership and Arson Task Force call on residents in Southbrook to carry out questionnaires about their local area and hand out fire safety and arson prevention advice, for example guidance on how to report fly-tipping which could be a target for potential arsonists.
The Community Safety Partnership brings together organisations including Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information about any incidents of deliberate fire setting is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.