JIS News

As the Jamaica Fire Brigade prepares for its annual Fire Safety Awareness Week (October 23 to October 29), several activities have been planned by the Portland Division to observe the occasion.
George Brown, District Officer for the Portland division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, told JIS News that the main objectives of the week were to highlight the threat of fire to life and property, and educating the public about safety measures to be adopted to minimise the outbreak of fires.
The activities will commence with a church service at the Shiloh Apostolic Church in Port Antonio on Sunday, October 23; a week-long exhibition and demonstration at the Port Antonio and Buff Bay Fire Stations; the staging of outreach activities in various communities to familiarise the people of the parish about the ways in which the fire service operates; simulation exercises in a number of schools in the parish; a panel discussion on the importance of fire prevention and ways of mitigating fire occurrences; and visits to fire stations by students of various schools to view on the spot preparations for fire fighting.
Mr. Brown said the activities were carefully planned to ensure that the theme for the week, ‘Fire prevention, a collective effort’, was fully understood and appreciated by the people of the parish.
He noted that there has been an increase in the amount of genuine fire calls and deaths resulting from fires in the parish since the start of this year, when compared with the similar period last year.Mr. Brown said it was of critical importance to ensure that the number of fires in the parish be reduced significantly, particularly because of the destruction to life and property.