Emphasis on health

Fire Officer, Ryan Austin, was very pleased to get a pedicure compliments of Semaj International School of Cosmetology and Trichology.

The Barbados Fire Service is often educating the public on fire prevention measures and this afternoon they broadened the education scope when they held their annual health extravaganza.

The Probyn Street fire station was a buzz of activity as they were booths set up for: blood sugar testing, cholesterol testing, body mass index, HIV testing and Prostate-Specific tests, which were administered by the Barbados Family Planning. There was Safety equipment on display, as well as jewellery, make-overs, manicures, pedicures and massages.

Secretary of the Fire Service planning committee, Carlos Husbands, told Barbados TODAY the activities were planned as part of Fire Service Week, which began with a church service at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church yesterday. At the end of the day, he said, their hope was that people attending the extravaganza would think more about their safety and healthy.

“I hope that people realise that even though it is a fire department they see that we focus on health and realise that our own personal health is important and that we need to pay more attention to what we do. As you know the Fire Service is made up of mainly men, we have some women within the department but women usually tend to take care of themselves so we thought that it was best that if we were able to bring members in from other organisations to assist that it would help our people.

“As a department we would preach to you about fire prevention and fire safety; like before you leave home you should check to see if the stove is off, the iron is unplugged and so on. We want you to carry that same attitude in your life. The same way you could see your home as a big investment you do not want to lose you should value your life and your body,” he said.

Starting 10 in the morning, it finished about 4 p.m. and more than 100 members of the public passed through the fire station.

The theme for the week is Health, Safety: Our Vision Our Focus. Activities continue tomorrow with an Open Day at the Arch Hall Fire Station in St. Thomas where drill displays were scheduled.

In the evening there will be a quiz at the Probyn Street Fire Station Headquarters. The Fire Service would be holding a picnic at Farley Hill on Thursday to which Husbands said the public was invited.

Friday is the Chief Fire officer’s parade and on Saturday will be the Family fair in the car park of the City headquarters. (KC)

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