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The Portland Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade will stage several activities in the parish to observe Fire Safety Awareness Week from October 23 to October 28.
The events, which are being held under the theme: ‘Preventing Fire – Protecting the Environment’, began on October 23 with the mounting of exhibitions at the Portland Parish Library in Port Antonio and the Buff Bay Branch Library, and a display of fire fighting equipment at the Port Antonio and Buff Bay fire stations.
Other activities planned for the week include outreach activities in the communities of Swift River, Shrewsbury, Fairy Hill and Nonsuch on Wednesday, October 25 and Friday, October 27, and public forums on fire prevention at the Port Antonio Anglican Church and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education on Thursday, October 26.
In an interview with JIS News, District Officer, George Brown, said the exhibition featured books, pamphlets and other reading material on fire fighting, while the display of fire fighting equipment provided the public with a first hand look at the operation of the apparatus used in fire fighting, such as the trucks, the appliances attached to the trucks and the hydrants used to provide water.
He noted that the outreach activities and the discussions on fire fighting and prevention were specifically designed to sensitise community members about the importance of ensuring that the necessary safety measures were put in place to prevent outbreaks of fire and to mitigate their effects whenever necessary.
Mr. Brown added that the outreach activities would include the inspection of private households in the communities to ensure that the required safety standards were being observed.