Sunday 17 November, 2019

Vieux Fort fire officers engage with students for Fire Prevention Week

Laborie Boys' Primary School students

Laborie Boys' Primary School students

Fire officers attached to the Vieux Fort Fire Station celebrated “Fire Prevention Week” with a number of activities in the south of the island aimed at sensitizing the public on the importance of fire prevention.

On Tuesday, the officers held an open day at the fire station for primary schools in the south of the island and on Wednesday they held another for commercial houses. Today, Thursday, October 10, 2019, the officers are holding a community outreach program in Grace, Vieux-Fort.

The students had their knowledge broadened on some of the equipment used in firefighting and how and when they are used. They were also given tips on how to prevent house fires.

The event was held under the theme: “Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your escape.”

“Fire Prevention Week” is usually held during the week of the 6th in the month of October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

According to the Fire Prevention Officer in charge of the South, Owen Cazaubon, the activities which they held will go a long way in making the homes of residents, and by extension Saint Lucia a safer place.

“The intention is to start at the grassroots level so we can change the attitudes of our young people as it relates to fire prevention. If we are successful in doing so, then we are heading for a better and safer Saint Lucia,” Cazaubon told Loop News in an interview.

He said what the students learnt from them could be passed on to other members of their communities which could result in lives being saved in the event of a fire.

In a brief interview with Loop News, Ermine Francis, a teacher of the Laborie Boys’ Primary School, said the students learnt quite a lot at the open day and were very excited by what they saw.

“It is important that the students learn about fire safety in case there is a fire at their homes because on many occasions some of them are at their homes alone or with family members younger than them and sometimes with elderly persons, who may not be able to help themselves,” she said.

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