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  • An exposition at Emancipation Park in New Kingston and community walk-throughs are to form part of Fire Awareness Week.
  • Deputy Superintendent, Floyd McLean also underscored the importance of the community intervention.
  • After the week of activities, the various interventions and interactions will continue as the JFB seeks to minimise fire threats.

An exposition at Emancipation Park in New Kingston and community walk-throughs are to form part of the activities being carried out by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) in Kingston, to observe Fire Awareness Week from October 26 to November 2.

This was disclosed by District Officer of the Kingston and St. Andrew Fire Prevention Division, Nicholas Ogilvie at a JIS Think Tank on Thursday, October 25.

He said the aim was to engage as many citizens of Kingston as possible.

“We’ll be going out into the downtown communities, doing a series of workshops, evacuation drills…just to get the public embracing what we’re focusing on for fire safety week,” he told JIS News.

He pointed out that the community walk-throughs are an important strategy in the brigade’s effort to reduce incidents of fire, and provides an opportunity to know the communities better, interact with the residents, and help home owners and business operators to identify potential areas of concern. The York Park station will be the centre of operations for the Kingston region.

Deputy Superintendent, Floyd McLean also underscored the importance of the community intervention, noting that it was critical to the preservation of people’s investments and livelihoods.

“What we do when we go in is to look at electrical wiring, talk to householders and allow them to recognize bad practices in the homes [or business] that has been having the brigade all over the place and help them work out the solution to those bad practices,” he told JIS News.

District officer Ogilvie disclosed that there is a full slate of events planned for the week to highlight Kingston and St. Andrew’s participation in Fire Awareness week.

“We’ll be doing a series of workshops and evacuation drills, hosting a community Health fair at York Park station, a media event, a community interface, a schools safety competition and grand concert,” he noted.

He stressed that after the week of activities, the various interventions and interactions will continue as the JFB seeks to minimise fire threats.