More Help Needed For Firefighters To Tackle Wildfires

8 October 2018, 12:25 | Updated: 8 October 2018, 12:30

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Firefighters are warning they are under-funded, short-staffed and ill-equipped to deal with an increase in wildfires.

Firefighters are warning they are under-funded, short-staffed and ill-equipped to deal with an increase in wildfires. 

It's after nearly 300 more were dealt with this summer in Hertfordshsire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, compared to summer 2015.

The number of blazes on open ground nationally this summer was more than double the average; more than two thirds of them were started deliberately.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The tireless efforts of firefighters to contain wildfires this summer have been astounding.

"We have made sure fire and rescue services have the support and equipment required to successfully fight these types of fires.

"We support FRSs by providing specialist capabilities for the largest emergencies, including high volume pumps and the National Resilience team of specialist experts. Soldiers have also been deployed to tackle these incidents."