Fire Service gifts smoke detectors to Tiger Bay residents

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Residents of Tiger Bay, Georgetown on Sunday received smoke detectors from the Guyana Fire Service and benefited from demonstrations in the use of fire extinguishers.

Some of the residents also participated in the use of the multipurpose Dry Chemical fire extinguisher to put out simulated fires.

It came as Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn along with Chief Fire Officer (ag) Gregory Wickham, Fire Prevention Officer, Sheldon Sauns and other fire officials conducted a walk through in the community.

The Fire Service said Tiger Bay was chosen because the area is considered to be congested and at high risk of fires due to clustering of some of the houses.

The cost of the donation is unknown but it is being done as the country observes Fire Prevention Week.

In a statement, however, the Guyana Fire Service said it would like citizens to be more aware of fire prevention and safety and is taking the opportunity to educate persons on the use and importance of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Minister Benn said he intends to use members of the Community Policing Groups as first responders, by providing them with the necessary training and access to fire extinguishers.

Similar walk through exercises will be conducted in other communities which are considered to be congested and at high risk of fires.

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