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The Manchester Division, of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, has announced the commencement of a series of Community Fire Safety Awareness Meetings, for the parish.
Acting Deputy Superintendent of the Division, Neville Bennett, made the announcement recently, at a meeting of the Manchester Parish Council. He stated that the meetings are to be conducted over a three year period, adding that “we hope to incorporate all the stakeholders in it so that everybody, or at least most persons, will be more aware of what it is to be safer in your communities and how we deal with fires.”
He said that the planned community meetings will assist the Manchester Fire Brigade, to prevent loss of its resources. “We have 19 false alarms on this report, which is too much. Because it’s a loss of resources when you have to respond to false situations, whereas you would save all of that to respond to genuine causes,” he pointed out.
Mr. Bennett said that the meetings will inform citizens how to network in response to fire emergencies, and safety procedures to be employed when using fire. He added that the cooperation of all stakeholders is needed to mitigate against fire hazards.
The meetings are being conducted under the theme, “Awareness the Key to a Fire Safe Community.” Two meetings have been held in the parish thus far, one in Cross Keys and the other in Comfort.