JIS News

The Manchester Fire Department has joined the Jamaica Fire Brigade in the celebration of Fire Safety Awareness Week, which is being observed from October 22 to 28 this year.
Under the theme ‘Preventing Fires . Protecting the Environment’, the week of activities began on October 22 with a Church Service. “For Area Three, which comprises Manchester, Clarendon and St. Catherine, our church service was held at the Zorn Moravian Church in Christiana,” Head of the Fire Prevention Section and Public Relations Officer of the Mandeville Fire Brigade, Sergeant Julian Buckle told JIS News.
Yesterday (Oct. 23) the department held its opening ceremony and launched a fire safety exhibition.
“On the 23rd through to the 26th of October, we’ll be having an exhibition at the fire station daily and we’ll also be doing outreach programmes in the communities,” Sergeant Buckle stated, adding that “during these days we’ll be focusing on farming communities”.
She further said that “in reacting to the theme ‘Preventing Fires . Protecting the Environment’ we think the farmers have a great role to play in assisting with the protection of the environment, thus we decided to target them. So we will be going out into the communities talking one on one with them, giving them fire prevention tips, helping them to be safer and helping them to protect our environment”.
The series of public meetings will commence at 6:00 p.m. each day. Today (Oct. 24) the staff of the fire department will visit citizens of Banana Ground in Belfield, while on Wednesday (Oct. 25) they will visit Mile Gully, with the final meeting scheduled for Thursday at Richmond Square.
The Public Relations Officer informed that on Friday (Oct. 27), “we will be at WINDALCO where we will be participating in their Health and Safety Fair. We will be having an exhibition there also, so as to educate people on fire safety”.
To conclude the week of activities the Manchester Fire Department staff will participate in the Fire Fighters Ball at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on Saturday, October 28.

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