Reduction in structural fires, fire-related deaths among children — fire brigade

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Reduction in structural fires, fire-related deaths among children — fire brigade

Friday, October 23, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) says there has been a reduction in the number of structural fires and fire-related deaths among children for the first nine months of the year in comparison to the same period in 2019.

Sergeant Ian McConnell of the JFB's Research and Statistics Unit said structural fires amounted to 1,097 during the period January to September 2020 compared to 1,197 for the previous period of 2019.

“This is a reduction in structural fires of 8.35 per cent," he said.

Regarding fire-related deaths, he said that the numbers remained the same for adults at 19, while three fewer children died.

Sergeant McConnel said that while malicious false alarm calls were reduced from 962 in 2019 to 926 in 2020, the total number of calls received by the brigade moved from 11,502 to 11,817, representing a 2.6 per cent increase.

“This was due mainly to the amount of bush fires [which] increased from 5,413 for the period January to September 2019 to 5,922 for the said period of 2020,” he noted.

For his part, Acting Assistant Commissioner and JFB Public Relations Officer, Emeleo Ebanks, said community outreach programmes aimed at promoting fire safety, such as 'Mek Wi Fix It', have been far-reaching with noticeable impact.

“The Mek Wi Fix It would have gone almost across Jamaica because we would have the media along with us. So even the communities that we are not going into directly, they received the message via the media,” he noted.

He said that Mek Wi Fix It was also taken into the schools through the Fire Safety Clubs, and the students, in turn, took the message into their homes and wider communities.

“The response has been excellent. We have seen a reduction in the number of children deaths and we are coming from a place where children deaths used to be three to every one adult. We have now completely reversed that and we want to continue on that trend because every single life that is lost is important to us,” he said.


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