The firefighters and teens practise working together to put out fires. Photo: Paloma Vangpreecha/Sveriges Radio.
The firefighters and teens practise working together to put out fires. Photo: Paloma Vangpreecha/Sveriges Radio. Credit: Paloma Vangpreecha/Sveriges Radio.

Youth project stops attacks on firefighters

"The main goal is to create some kind of trust"
1:24 min

Swedish firefighters have stopped threats and attacks, and cut down fires by 70 percent, by working with teenagers in an area of Malmö.

The head of the South Swedish fire service, Attila Jensen, tells Radio Sweden they work with youths who otherwise might not be in school at all, and run activities such as practicing putting out fires.

In 2008-9 firefighters in the district of Rosengård were attacked or threatened 30 times. In 2015 this fell to zero.

Fires set outdoors, in that area, fell from a peak of 173 in 2009, to 47 in 2015.

Fourteen year old Fadi Numan says to Swedish Radio P3 News that after taking part in the project he now sees firefighters as heroes.

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