Jamaica The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to hand over firefighting kits to teams in two communities who 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.
At the closing ceremony, which takes place at Sabina Park on September 13, the JFB will be handing over first-aid firefighting kits to the trained Fire Watch teams in both communities, as well as introduce two billboards which will be erected to bear the dos and donts of fire prevention.
Acting Senior Deputy Superintendent, Emeleo Ebanks, the JFBs Public Relations Officer, told JIS News that the main idea of the programme is to educate persons of the dos and donts 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.
Mr. 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.