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Bush Fires Worry Our FireFIGHTERS

‘They can pose risk to cane farms, property and people’. The National Fire Authority (NFA) is concerned with the number of bush, grass and rubbish fire incidents. From January to
02 Dec 2015 10:30
Bush Fires Worry Our FireFIGHTERS

‘They can pose risk to cane farms, property and people’.

The National Fire Authority (NFA) is concerned with the number of bush, grass and rubbish fire incidents.

From January to October this year they have attended to a total of 1109 bush, grass, sugarcane and rubbish fires.

Majority of these fires were attended to in the western and northern divisions.

“NFA is concerned with these increasing trends in bush, rubbish and grass fires as we are in the hottest months and have been going through a prolong dry season. Such fires can easily get out of control and pose huge risks to sugar cane farms, properties, travelling public and to the lives of the members of the community,” Authority chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

“Majority of such fires occur quite a distance from our stations in our rural communities and attending to such fires compromises NFA’s ability and capability to respond to property fires and other emergency calls.

“NFA is really concerned taking into consideration the current dry and windy conditions experienced in the Western and Northern Divisions under which these fires would easily get out of control and spread to nearby farms and properties putting at risk the lives of members of the community,” he said.

“We have already attended to a number of property fires this year which have been caused by out of control of rubbish, sugarcane, bush and grass fires and we are seeking the support of members of the community to prevent such fires.

“We are urging members of the community to refrain from starting such fires during this dry and hot weather periods. Members of the communities are urged to consider other forms of rubbish disposal and clearing of bush and grass fields.

“We have all witnessed the devastating effects of the uncontrolled bush fires in countries like Australia and United States,” he said.

“We are pleading with members of the community to refrain from starting bush, grass, cane or rubbish fires during this dry season. Any small fire can get out of control with the right conditions.”

“We must all take responsibility,” he said.

 

Source: National Fire Authority

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