A fire affair

BFS educate barbadians on fire prevention and health care at its health extravaganza

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

20 booths.

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

replace that.

“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)

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