GIL Paterson has commented on the increased deliberate fire raising in West Dunbartonshire after being asked by the Clydebank Post newspaper.
His full comment is below:
Gil Paterson MSP said: “I am bitterly disappointed that deliberate fire raising has increased across West Dunbartonshire — the people who commit these acts are a scourge on our society. The potential for loss of life is in the flick of an eye.
“I’m very much a supporter of informing constituents, especially older ones, of the need to upgrade wiring and electrical infrastructure in their homes to avoid accidental fires starting.
“In Clydebank Central, 22 per cent of the population is of pensionable age according to the last census, and this is the highest of all three wards in Clydebank, with Waterfront at 17 per cent and Kilpatrick 19 per cent.
“The fire service in my patch puts a lot of resources and good work into informing the public of the dangers like electric fires and to keep an eye on chip pans, cigarettes, candles and others – which I very much appreciate. I’ve spoken out on this just last year, and will be holding an event on it too soon.”