JIS News

The Jamaica Fire Brigade will be observing Fire Safety Awareness Week from Sunday, October 24 to Saturday, October 30 under the theme: ‘Fire Safety: Develop The Habit’.
Observances get underway tomorrow with a national church service at Sts. Peter and Paul church in St. Andrew beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Other church services will be held at the New Testament Church of God in St. Ann at 10:00 a.m.; New Testament Church of God in May Pen at 10:00 a.m.; and the Church of the Open Bible in Dunbar, Savanna-la-mar at 10:00 a.m.
Astley Lindsay, District Officer of the Fire Prevention Division, told JIS News that the theme for the week was selected to place focus on community and household safety.
He noted that unlike previous years, the Division was employing a community outreach approach, which would involve more one-on-one interaction with members of the public for the effective delivery of information on fire safety and prevention.
He informed that special emphasis would be on high fire risk areas and a team of operations and fire prevention personnel would be going into communities island-wide to assess fire risk, make recommendations, give talks and issue fire safety brochures.
For Kingston and St. Andrew, meetings will be held on Monday, October 25 in the communities of Maxfield Avenue, Greenwich Town, Allman Town and Orange Street; Tuesday, October 26 in the communities of Rollington Town, Franklin Town, and Doncaster; Wednesday, October 27 in the communities of Waltham Park, Olympic Gardens, and Majesty Gardens; Thursday, October 28 in the communities of Ackee Walk, New Haven and Calaloo Meadows and on Friday, October 29 in the communities of Southside and Port Royal.
District Officer Lindsay urged the general public to welcome the fire personnel into their communities “and grasp all the information and recommendations that we impart as it will help to reduce the likelihood of fire occurring on their premises.”
He implored persons to practice fire safety habits such as: not to over- accumulate rubbish; to properly store flammable substances and stationeries; do not use furniture to block emergency exits; and keep kerosene lamps, candles, matches, gasoline and other flammable substances out of the reach of children.
One of the highlights of the week will be an exhibition at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library from Monday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 27. Mr. Lindsay said it would “showcase fire-fighting equipment, photographs of events of fire we have attended, rescue items, and the different materials we use to extinguish fires.” Other exhibitions will be held across the island at various libraries, public areas and selected fire stations.

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