Fire Service Update On TS Fay Aftermath

October 13, 2014

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fay the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service received 105 emergency calls yesterday [Oct 12] and are still working to address some of these requests. The Fire Service has also issued guidelines for those intending to burn horticultural waste.

Fire Service spokesperson Sergeant Russann Francis said, “As of 10pm last evening the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service received 105 emergency calls and are still working to safely address some of these requests.

“In light of all the trees, leaves and debris that has been deposited island wide, I’d like to remind the public that only horticultural waste is to be burned.

“Prior to any controlled burning of horticultural waste, we would like to stress to the public to call the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service on 296-7559. This will alleviate the unnecessary allocation of emergency resources to these areas.

“Whenever one is conducting a controlled burn they:

  • Must call the fire service with:
    • Address where burn will be conducted
    • Name and contact number of person responsible
    • Landmark near the area of burn
  • Must ensure that it is carried out in an open space
  • Must always have a nearby hose line charged with water
  • Must consider that winds are favorable
  • Must burn away from hazards and materials that may ignite.

“If after these precautions the fire becomes uncontrollable, they are to call our 911 emergency line for assistance.”

For all our coverage of Tropical Storm Fay click here, and for our live blog click here.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Got one to add to that ‘must do’ list.

    Don’t even think about burning in the next month. Wait till the material has thoroughly dried so that it burns hot & quickly producing the least smoke possible for the least amount of time.

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