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Tyres to be removed from Riverton

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 6:50 AM

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, says tyres dumped at the Riverton disposal site will be removed as part of measures to minimise future fires. 

Arscott says the move will make a fire of the magnitude seen in recent weeks less likely.

The fire, which started on March 11, in a section of the disposal site reserved for tyres, is believed to have been deliberately set by arsonists.

The Local Government Minister said that post-extinguishing activities at the facility continues, with more than 90 per cent of the site covered. 

The post-extinguishing process involves a physical search of the area to identify hotspots, and the application of water and or soil to these areas.

Meanwhile, Arscott is commending the agencies responsible for extinguishing the blaze.

He says though it took several days to put the fire out, given the magnitude of the blaze, the exercise was undertaken in 'record time'.

He was speaking yesterday at the opening of a two-day workshop, organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

The workshop, which continues today, is aimed at stimulating discussion relevant to building a culture of disaster preparedness and response in small states.