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Call to stop aimless burning

Deanzer Roberts

Call to stop aimless burning

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Barbados is on fire these days, and it’s not from the hot weather.Rather, it’s firebugs, and for the first 94 days (January 1 to April 4) this year, they have been responsible for more than 800 fires.

Because of this, officers of The Barbados Fire Service at times battle more than 10 fires daily.
“As soon as they get back from one, they have to head out to another, or in some cases, while they are on their way back, they have to make an about turn to attend to another incident or fire.

At times it is taxing,” said Andrew Taylor of the Barbados Fire Service’s (BFS) Research and Planning Unit.

Taylor told the Nation that officers have so far responded to 1 041 incidents of which 886 were fires, as compared to 622 incidents with 542 fires for the corresponding period in 2018. (DR)