For the Barbados Fire Service, fighting fires
isn’t only by water. Fire officer Gail Gaskin let
it be known, the service battles blazes in the
personal everyday lives of Barbadians by equipping
householders with the know-how to extinguish fires
themselves, and, to boot, offers personal health
And today, information on how to rid the body
of many of the day-to-day personal stresses was
disbursed at the BFS Health Extravaganza at
the Probyn Street, City station. There were about
The BFS Fire Prevention Unit dealt firstly with
the physical aspect where it handed out literature
teaching persons how to prevent fires, the causes
and ways to handle them. While upstairs there was
a plethora of stalls with education on how to fight
the other things that could actually impact on one’s
life as well like: diabetes, hypertension and stroke .
Along with measures that could be taken
to combat these illnesses if they occurred.
The Barbados Cancer Society performed breast
screening tests, The Barbados Community College
General Nursing Programme, along with the
Barbados Diabetes Association did blood pressure,
blood sugar and cholesterol checks. Cave Shepherd
Ltd was on hand doing facials and make-up
There were also massages, manicures and
pedicures, and the HIV/AIDS Commission
performed free AIDS tests.
Cornucopia Ltd had a range of healthy foods,
snacks and juices; Earth Mother Botanicals displayed
its organic skin care products; and The Ministry
of Environment was there, as well as Nature’s
Discount, Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic, Jenn’s
Health, among others.
”Yes, we deal with actual firefighting but . . .
when we look at the Barbadian citizen or anyone
living in the country, we look at them holistically.
That is what this is all about; it is about a vision to
protect the lives and property of those who live,
invest and also visit our shores,” added Gaskin.
Today’s activities commenced the 58th
anniversary celebrations ahead of the annual Fire
Prevention Week, scheduled to run from
October 6 to 12. The educating would not end,
Gaskin stressed. Instead during the course of the
celebratory week it will be highlighted. Particluarly,
this year, Gaskin said, the Fire Service would
emphasise the need for smoke detectors to be
outfitted in the homes of the retired and disabled
community in Barbados, and
the need to eradicate the use
of kerosene lamps.
”We are interested in
these persons; they are the
pillars on which this country
was built, and the longer that
you can have [them] around
the better for the knowledge and value we can
have passed on.
”We had one fire this year where the
kerosene stove ignited materials . . . but what
we would really like to see is all this stamped
out. It is okay to say, ‘Well the candle is more
affordable and economical’ but when you look at
the cost of life that is priceless. “There is nothing
that you can do to replace a life, especially an
elderly person who would have had a wealth
of knowledge to pass on in the community
and a wealth of experience that other persons
can learn from. There isn’t a way that you can
“It is really about fire prevention, but it is
also a way to protect the heritage of Barbados
in these persons,” Gaskin said.
The fire officer further urged anyone who knew
of such people living in their community to contact
the Fire Prevention Unit at 435-4646 or 435-4257
or Worthing Police Station to let them know so
the BFS could install them for the safety of these
Celebrations continue this week with a drill
display and quiz night, the Chief Fire Officer’s
Parade and awards at the Arch Hall fire station, a
picnic and on Fair there will be a family fair at the
Probyn Street fire station. (KC)