Preparations underway for Fire Prevention Week;

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams says an ounce of prevention will save lives

The Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters and the Fire Department Section Fire Prevention, are organizing Fire Prevention Week 2011.


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Preparations have been completed for activities to kick-off on Monday, October 24. It will be a week packed with activities to raise fire safety awareness within the community.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is "Protect Your Family against Fire. The Time to Act is now."

"The theme for this fire prevention week is on the mark! There are indeed simple measures that can be taken to prevent a potential devastating fire from occurring in our homes.

"The week that is being organized is to inform the public and make sure they are educated about fire hazards and prevention. It’s about safety and life, first and foremost. Our country’s Fire Department is committed to helping educate, as underscored by the aforementioned theme of creating awareness.

"An ounce of prevention can save lives, and protect our homes and everything we hold dear. It is the responsibility of every Sint Maartener to educate themselves on simple fire prevention measures. I wish staff of the fire department much success with their fire prevention week," Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Sunday.

The Fire Department falls under the Ministry of General Affairs which is the responsibility of the Prime Minister.

A number of activities have been organized for Fire Prevention Week from October 24-29 which will include a school competition, lectures, information sessions and an open house.

The activities for Fire Prevention Week are: Monday-Radio Interviews; Tuesday-Lecture Architects; Wednesday-School Information Sessions; Thursday-Lecture Day Care Centres; Friday-School Information Sessions; and Saturday-Open House at Fire Department in Cay Hill 8.00am – 5.00pm. All activities take place at the department in Cay Hill including the announcement of the winner of the school competition on Saturday, October 29.