Public urged to desist from making false fire calls

Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (FFB), Stewart Beckford, engages with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Marsha Henry-Martin, at the of launch of Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week 2019, at the Police Officers’ Club, St Andrew on Friday, October 25.
Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (FFB), Stewart Beckford, engages with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Marsha Henry-Martin, at the of launch of Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week 2019, at the Police Officers’ Club, St Andrew on Friday, October 25.

Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Stewart Beckford, is imploring members of the public to desist from making false fire calls.

He said that these calls put an unnecessary strain on resources, noting that vehicles have been damaged as firefighters rush to respond to what they believed to be genuine alarms.

“We have to respond once we receive a call.”

— Fire Chief Stewart Beckford

The Fire Commissioner said that over the period 2014 to 2018 the fire brigade responded to more than 6,000 false alarms.

“We can’t sit at our stations when we get a call. We have to respond once we receive a call,” he noted.

He was speaking at the launch of Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week 2019 on Friday, October 25, at the Police Officers’ Club in St Andrew.

Meanwhile, the Fire Commissioner is appealing for persons to be more vigilant in preventing fires in the home.

“Simple safety measures could have prevented, if not all, most of these fires,” he said.

He noted that many fires result from children playing with flammable items, and so urged parents and guardians to ensure that children are properly supervised and are not left at home by themselves.