One of the goals of the Fire Prevention Unit of the Barbados Fire Service is to have at least one smoke detector in every household on the island.
This goal came closer to execution when the Roving Response Team donated several smoke detectors to the service. The early warning devices were handed over to Chief Fire Officer, Wilfred Marshall, by secretary of Roving Response Team, David Binks, with other members of the team present at the BFS headquarters in Probyn Street, The City.
Binks said that with the recent commemoration of Fire Safety Week and Fire Preparedness Week they believed the donation was something that would benefit the people of Barbados; further stating that more smoke detectors were coming.
Marshall said the BFS was very thankful for the donation, a sentiment shared by officer in charge of the Fire Prevention and Community Unit, Henderson Patrick.
He said he was very appreciative of the gesture and welcomed and encouraged other businesses that had the safety welfare of the community at heart to do the same.
So far, he said, Cooperators General Insurance, First Caribbean and the Rotary Club of Barbados West had assisted with the endeavour.
Within the Fire Prevention Unit there are a number of programmes to assist the most vulnerable individuals – the elderly, differently able, children etc. with the installation of smoke alarms. Over the past four years they have installed more than 1,200 smoke alarms.
“There are people who can afford to purchase and install it and we urge them to continue. Everyone should have a smoke alarm installed; every residence, business, household, every place people occupy,” he advised. (KC)