Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Barbados records a significant drop in fires in 2020 over 2019

Chief Fire Officer, Errol Maynard.

Chief Fire Officer, Errol Maynard.

Barbados has recorded 200 fewer fires in 2020 than in 2019. 

This was disclosed by Chief Fire Officer, Errol Maynard as he spoke with the media on Monday at the appointment ceremony for 22 fire officers. 

This figure seemed not to be alarming to the fire chief as he stated that every year there is a reduction in fires on the island. 

“We’ve had some programmes going that we believed would have contributed to this reduction and with the legislation that was passed, people are being compliant.” 

This has resulted in fewer persons burning “rubbish” around their homes and finding more appropriate ways to dispose of their domestic waste. 

He sternly reminded persons that any illegal burning will be taken up with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and if caught, persons will be brought to justice. 

In this regard, the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) will be hosting programmes for the public for them to view different methods of disposing of their garbage. 

Additionally, a 9-1-1 system is set to be put in place along with GPS devices in all fire engines across the island. This will assist dispatchers with tracking the engine which is nearest to the situation at hand. 

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