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The Hanover and Westmoreland Divisions of the Jamaica Fire Brigade have planned a number of activities to mark Fire Safety Week, which is being observed from October 22 to 28 under the theme: ‘Preventing Fires – Protecting our Environment”.
Assistant Superintendent with the Hanover Fire Brigade, Paul Hibert, told JIS News that there will be a full week of activities in the parish, starting with a church service on Sunday, October 22, at the Fletcher’s Grove Baptist Church in Sandy Bay.
Other events include house-to-house visits by fire personnel, an open day at the Lucea Fire Station, fire and evacuation drills, community meetings, an exhibition at the parish library, and fire safety lectures targeted at farmers.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Superintendent expressed appreciation for the new fire unit, which was recently delivered to the parish, noted that it has enabled the firefighters to more quickly respond to fires.
“It has helped a whole lot. For one, it has given the firefighters a sense of surety when responding to a call and it has also helped to boost the morale of the fire personnel”, he told JIS News.
He informed that the Lucea Fire Station responded to 325 fire calls between January and the end of September.
As for activities in Westmoreland to mark Fire Safety Week, Deputy Superintendent Vincent Hylton, told JIS News these include a church service, lectures, demonstrations by the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), video presentations, and an exhibition at the parish library.
Commenting on the two new fire units assigned to the parish, the Deputy Superintendent said that they have been functioning effectively.
“They are very effective, very handy, very high tech and up- to-date, and we are trying to keep and care them as best as possible so that we can offer a very good service to the people of Westmoreland”, he stated.
He informed that some 264 fire calls have been received by the Savanna-la-mar fire station since the beginning of the year, with 89 of these being bush or cane field fires.