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Saving lives comes first, some fires will be left to burn - Fire Brigade

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 3:44 PM
A house is threatened by the fire in Quashie Gap, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade says some fires across Jamaica will have to burn themselves out because it will not be able to fight them all.

Commissioner of the Brigade, Errol Mowatt made the assertion during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House this morning. 

He told journalists the brigade has to prioritise and saving lives comes first followed by securing property. 

Meanwhile, the fire in the Mavis Bank region of rural St Andrew is still burning. 

He noted that firefighters are now facing increased dangers in battling the blaze which has been contained in two main areas. 

Earlier this morning while speaking on Power 106 FM's Independent Talk, Mowatt said the fire brigade has been doing all it can to prevent and fight bush fires that have seemingly become yearly occurrences.

Mowatt says his personnel have repeatedly warned farmers against the slash and burn method which he believes contributes to many of the fires that occur yearly.


Commissioner of the fire brigade, Errol Mowatt