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Barbadians urged to adopt safety practices to reduce fires

May 30, 2024

The Barbados Fire Service, as it faces a surge in fires across the island, has appealed to all citizens to adopt safety practices.

Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard notes the increased fire activity is putting immense pressure on the department’s ageing fleet, equipment and dedicated, but limited staff.

While noting there was a significant reduction in overall fire calls for the same period last year, Mr. Maynard revealed that from January 1 to May 23, the Fire Service responded to 723 fires.

These included 364 grass fires, 199 rubbish fires, and 26 fires in private dwellings.

This is down from the 911 fire calls during the same period in 2023, which included 500 grass fires, 215 rubbish fires, and 34 fires in private dwellings.

However, the intensity of the fires has increased due to hotter climate conditions.

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