97 children perished in fires over past 10 years

97 children perished in fires over past 10 years

JFB opens campaign to prevent more ‘unbearable’ deaths

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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Bothered by the deaths of 97 children in fires over the past decade, the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has embarked on a campaign to prevent a recurrence of what it describes as “the unbearable sight of our precious pearls…incinerated beyond recognition”.

Under the campaign, titled ‘Mek Wi Fix It’, the JFB says its Fire Prevention Division is intensifying its public education campaign islandwide.

“We are expanding the fire and life safety awareness programmes, especially those that impact our children. As a result, we have forged partnerships with stakeholders… and through the expansion of the Fire Wardens Club in schools,” Acting Assistant Commissioner and Chief Fire Prevention Officer Julian Davis-Buckle said in a news release.

“We are also improving the Safety Monitor Training Programme across communities,” Davis-Buckle added.

She said that in the last 10 years the fire brigade has responded to 12,145 residential fire calls. Just last year, nine children died in fires, while so far this year two have perished.

The JFB said the campaign has been endorsed by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, and the fire service has been receiving collaborative assistance from government ministries, departments and agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organisations.

“We invite more partners to come aboard this ‘Mek Wi Fix It’ campaign. We can only achieve optimum results if we work as a team. Let us register our agreement with Nelson Mandela [that] “Children are our greatest treasure, they are our future.”

The JFB is inviting anyone wishing to partner in the campaign to make contact with the Fire Prevention Division at (876) 564-1404, (876) 469-0872 or (876) 619-2933-4.

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