NEWLY refurbished Johnstown fire station opened its doors last week to youth workers and councillors.
The event was organised in a bid to help reduce the number of fires that are deliberately started in the area.
More than 50% of the station's fire-fighting activities involve deliberately ignited fires, and county safety manager Paul Whybro gave a presentation highlighting some of the issues in relation to the problem.
The guests were given information to pass on to members of the community.
Ways of combating the worrying arson trend were also discussed, and the fire service has been working with the community, police and local councils to try to control the problem.
Demonstrations were given showing the dangers of unattended or incorrectly carried out cooking and the hazards of wheelie bin fires and, most graphically, road accidents, demonstrated with the Impact Roadshow vehicle.