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  • Six hundred persons are to be trained in fire hydrant maintenance and care, as part of the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s fire safety and prevention drive.
  • Public Relations Officer of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that the Japanese government provided funding for the training exercise, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) programme.
  • Mr. Ebanks added that some of the communities selected are those that are not easily accessible by fire fighters in case of a fire.

Six hundred persons are to be trained in fire hydrant maintenance and care, as part of the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s fire safety and prevention drive.

Speaking with JIS News, Public Relations Officer of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that the Japanese government provided funding for the training exercise, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) programme.

“We will be training community members, because fire hydrants are a first line of supplier of water to fight fire, so it is of utmost importance that we have them maintained and cared for,” he said.

Mr. Ebanks added that some of the communities selected are those that are not easily accessible by fire fighters in case of a fire.

This training exercise, he said, is in line with the Brigade’s theme for the year: ‘Communities in Action…Supporting Fire Prevention’.

“Through this exercise, we will be empowering community members to help themselves in the event of a fire and by extension, they will be assisting the Brigade. Our ideal situation is one in which persons in the community know the hazards and can prevent the fires from happening,” Mr. Ebanks said.