Stop un­nec­es­sary burn­ing of de­bris

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

COM­MIS­SIONER OF the Ja­maica Fire Brigade (JFB) Er­rol Mowatt is urg­ing the pub­lic to de­sist from the un­nec­es­sary burn­ing of de­bris, es­pe­cially un­der un­suit­able weather con­di­tions.

“We burn ev­ery­thing, we burn ev­ery­where, re­gard­less of the weather. Heed the mes­sage of the Ja­maica Fire Brigade [and] re­duce burn­ing; and if you re­ally have to burn, it must be un­der the most con­trolled cir­cum­stances,” he em­pha­sised.

The com­mis­sioner was speak­ing at the launch of Fire Safety Aware­ness Week 2016 at the York Park Fire Sta­tion in Kingston on Mon­day.

Mowatt said the week, which will in­volve sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties, aims to sen­si­tise the pub­lic about proper safety strate­gies to as­sist in re­duc­ing fires.

The com­mis­sioner is also call­ing on Ja­maicans to stop mak­ing ma­li­cious false calls to the fire brigade, as this causes un­nec­es­sary ex­pen­di­ture on the part of the brigade and the Gov­ern­ment.

“Prank calls waste re­sources. When you have to re­spond you have to turn out the unit and once this hap­pens, there is wear and tear on it and you use fuel,” Mowatt pointed out.


“More im­por­tantly, prank calls take away the re­sources we have, which are lim­ited, that may re­quire us to re­spond to a real sit­u­a­tion when we are out re­spond­ing to prank calls,” he added.

The com­mis­sioner noted that while the prac­tice con­tin­ues to ex­ist, it has been steadily de­clin­ing.

Sta­tis­tics pro­vided by the JFB in­di­cate that the prac­tice of per­sons mak­ing ma­li­cious false calls amounted to 525 in 2012; how­ever, be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber of this year, the fig­ure has been re­duced by 232 to 293.

This year’s Fire Safety Aware­ness Week is be­ing ob­served un­der the theme ‘Don’t Burn Care­lessly: Un­con­trolled Burn­ing Brings Death and De­struc­tion’.


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