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  • The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has launched a disaster risk-reduction sensitisation programme targeting primary-school students islandwide.
  • Funding support is being jointly provided by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP); and Industrial Gases Limited (IGL).
  • The project, which was launched recently at Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston, is being financed at a cost of just over $1.7 million.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has launched a disaster risk-reduction sensitisation programme targeting primary-school students islandwide.

It aims to heighten the youngsters’ awareness about the dangers and challenges posed by natural and other disasters.

The project, which was launched recently at Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston, is being financed at a cost of just over $1.7 million.

Funding support is being jointly provided by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP); and Industrial Gases Limited (IGL).

The project will be undertaken in four phases, beginning in early 2017.

The first phase will entail the development of disaster risk-reduction animated educational videos, with assistance from the University of Technology’s (UTech) School of Information Technology.

The second will involve teacher-training capacity-building workshops, the third a two-day children’s exposition scheduled for October, with the final focusing on establishing disaster risk-reduction clubs in schools.

These engagements will be preceded by a four-month pilot for primary schools in St. Catherine, commencing in September.

Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, who addressed the launch, underscored the importance of preparedness in responding to disasters.

“In this regard, I am very pleased that this project has been initiated to transfer knowledge and experience that the Jamaica Fire Brigade has acquired to students and teachers in primary schools,” he stated.

 

Resident Representative of JICA in Jamaica, Kenji Tobita, in also commending the JFB, noted that the entities’ collaboration, spanning many decades, has also seen over 15 members of the fire service participating in various training programmes in Japan.

The JFB’s Senior Deputy Superintendent for Fire Prevention and Public Relations, Emelio Ebanks, described the project as a “significant” endeavour.

“The support provided will allow us to go into a lot more communities and schools (and for this) we are really grateful,” he stated.

The project has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).