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Examining a Typology of Fire Service-Related Anti-Social Behaviour

NCJ Number
Crime Prevention and Community Safety Volume: 14 Issue: 3 Dated: August 2012 Pages: 182-195
Kate Matheson; Rachel Manning; Sara Williams
Date Published
August 2012
14 pages
This article examines anti-social behavior as it relates to the Fire and Rescue Service in England and Wales.
The Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in England and Wales increasingly works alongside the police and other partners to promote safer communities - a key part of which involves tackling anti-social behavior (ASB). Although definitions of ASB differ and are contested, a number of behaviors considered to be anti-social impact on the FRS and could be termed Fire and Rescue Service-related anti-social behavior (FRASB). However, fire presents a singular force for damage, injury and death, and as such the particularity of fire has implications for the inclusion of fire-related behaviors within ASB at all. This discussion article aims to present a typology of FRASB, in order to inform debate around practical applications so that police and FRSs can be better equipped to respond to and measure this range of behaviors. An additional objective is of raising the profile of the FRS within this area of work. (Published Abstract)


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