'Fire Watch' teams to get fighting kits
The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to hand over firefighting kits to teams in two communities that have completed critical training in bush fire management.
The project, which received £70,000 (J$12.6 million) funding from the British High Commission, began as a pilot under the National Community Fire and Life Safety Education Programme in the Mavis Bank community in St Andrew and Nain in St Elizabeth.
In an effort to combat the frequency of wildfires and their potentially devastating impact in these communities, the JFB will also introduce two billboards, which will bear the do's and don't's of fire prevention.
EDUCATING THE PUBLIC
Acting Senior Deputy Superintendent Emeleo Ebanks, the JFB's public relations officer, said the main idea of the programme is "to educate persons about the 'do's and don't's' of fire prevention".
"So the training included what to do instead of the 'slash-and-burn' method used to clear land. We looked at recycling and alternatives to burning. We also delved into some actual bush-fire fighting," he added.
Ebanks said the programme achieved the desired results and he anticipates significant changes going forward as those trained become not only marshals and first responders, but partners with the JFB.