Photos: Fire Safety Awareness Week Launched

November 17, 2014

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service kicked off Fire Safety Awareness Week this morning [Nov 17], with the aim of increasing public awareness about the importance of fire safety and prevention.

Premier and Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley participated in the launch, reading a Proclamation commemorating this week and taking part in a fire safety demonstration. Fire Safety Awareness Week also provides an opportunity for the BFRS to host school children at their annual event, and at today’s official launch students from St. David’s Primary and Port Royal were in attendance.

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Also this week the BFRS will be hosting a series of events for the public and schools aimed at raising awareness about fire safety. Some of the activities include guided tours of the Island’s three fire stations, demonstrations of the use of a fire extinguisher, and the general dissemination of fire safety information.

Chief Fire Officer, Lloyd Burchall said, “There have been numerous themes throughout the years, ranging from, “Your Life, Your Property”, “Keep Fire In Its Place”, to “Fire Drills: The Great Escape”. In case you are wondering where the theme derives each year, it is a global theme that is set for all observances. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.”

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“Fire Safety and Awareness Week in Bermuda is also a time when everyone can share their appreciation for all of the brave men and women in the fire service, who risk their life and limb to protect the life and property of those experiencing emergencies within our community.

“Our aim for this week is to help raise the awareness of the community of Bermuda in the importance of having your homes equipped with detectors in line with the theme which states Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.

The slideshow contains over 50 photos from this morning’s launch:

Chief Burchall continued, “One of our future goals is to get out in the community, to share fire safety tips as it applies to them within their household. This year would be a great time to start as the theme embraces one of the basic methods of fire protection, smoke detectors.”

“The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in flames in just a few minutes. Having smoke detectors strategically placed within the home serves as one of the first lines of making the occupants aware of the presence of smoke, which then allows them to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.

“During this week of activities, it is our intention to raise your awareness of having working smoke detectors in an effort to have both the home and the workplace equally equipped to protect you, your colleagues and your loved ones.”

Chief Fire Officer Lloyd Burchall’s statement follows below:

Good Morning,

Thank you all for attending

Each year, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service celebrate Fire Safety Awareness Week during the month of October or early November and you may ask, “Why?”

During this time we join with many fire departments around North America, with the aim of increasing public awareness in regards to the importance of fire safety and prevention.

Have any of you boys and girls heard of the Great Chicago Fire which occurred in 1871? How about the adults? For the students, maybe that is something your teacher can tell you about when you get back to school.

The Great Chicago Fire happened over 140 years ago in 1871 and approximately 3 years after, in 1874, there was what is known as the Little Chicago Fire. In both fires there was a significant loss of life and property. Shortly thereafter, Chicago residents were unable to secure fire insurance until a council was formed. This council hired a New York City fire chief, who then reorganized the fire department in line with a military discipline, which is currently the structure of most fire departments, including ours here in Bermuda.

It wasn’t until the 40th anniversary of that Great Chicago Fire that an organization, currently known as the International Fire Marshals Association, began to observe the anniversary by ensuring that the public was educated on the importance of fire prevention; hence, Fire Safety Awareness Week.

Each year the President of the United States signs a proclamation proclaiming a national observance of Fire Prevention Week, and here in Bermuda we have our very own Premier to do the same.

There have been numerous themes throughout the years, ranging from, “Your Life, Your Property”, “Keep Fire In Its Place”, to “Fire Drills: The Great Escape”. In case you are wondering where the theme derives each year, it is a global theme that is set for all observances. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.”

Fire Safety and Awareness Week in Bermuda is also a time when everyone can share their appreciation for all of the brave men and women in the fire service, who risk their life and limb to protect the life and property of those experiencing emergencies within our community.

Our aim for this week is to help raise the awareness of the community of Bermuda in the importance of having your homes equipped with detectors in line with the theme which states Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.

One of our future goals is to get out in the community, to share fire safety tips as it applies to them within their household. This year would be a great time to start as the theme embraces one of the basic methods of fire protection, smoke detectors.

The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in flames in just a few minutes. Having smoke detectors strategically placed within the home serves as one of the first lines of making the occupants aware of the presence of smoke, which then allows them to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.

During this week of activities, it is our intention to raise your awareness of having working smoke detectors in an effort to have both the home and the workplace equally equipped to protect you, your colleagues and your loved ones.

In closing, I invite you before leaving our grounds to have a walk about downstairs and interact with the firefighters who will be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have, and encourage you to take advantage of the fire safety literature that is available.

Our Fire Prevention Division is always ready and available to answer any further questions should you have them.

Please enjoy your visit and once again Welcome!

I would now like to invite the Premier and Minister of National Security, The Honorable Michael Dunkley to the podium to read the Fire Safety Awareness Week 2014 proclamation and officially open this week of activities.

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  1. PBanks says:

    Wait a second. So it’s Fire Safety Awareness week AND Road Safety Awareness week?

    You’d think whichever body came in late would reschedule their promotions.

    • SMH says:

      Wasn’t fire safety week postponed in respect of the loss of one of the fire man. I do believe this is the reason for the CLASH.

  2. Paparazzi says:

    Why doesn’t he do some actual work.Always posing for the camera. Was it really necessary for him to be there. I don’t know just my opinion.

    • Hurricane says:

      And does he ever travel without the/his shadow……dayummm

  3. High Road says:

    Fire safety week was postponed due to the tragic death of FF Baker

    • PBanks says:

      Cheers, High Road, that helps a good bit and I can understand them simply pushing for the next available timeframe then. I’d like to withdraw my previous comment.

  4. this special island says:

    FF Baker had a beautiful send off, including all of the salutes from the service vehicles. It would be nice to see the BFS do a motorcade to show all of their vehicles ( as the police did). It is amazing the different types of trucks they have that the public doesnt even know about or know what they do- and im sure the kids would enjoy.

  5. Smokey says:

    He is the Minister of National Security, he is showing support, what is wrong with that? They both look good in the uniform. :)

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