Bulawayo’s Chief Fire Officer warns residents

Wednesday, 29 March 2017  Radio Dialogue

BULAWAYO - The Bulawayo City Council’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency department has advised residents to be on high alert of fire related accidents as the winter season draws closer.

The city has in the past recorded an increase of fire related accidents during the cold season, as residents often resort to various methods of keeping warm.

In an interview, BCC Chief Fire Officer Richard Peterson urged residents to be careful with fire to avoid unnecessary fire outbreaks.

“Residents should not allow children to play with matches and not allow use of brazier (imbawula) in a house without proper ventilation, because we do not know the kind of firewood that one is using that produce smoke and that smoke is toxic,” said Peterson.

He said residents should seek advice from the fire service to avoid outbreaks of unnecessary fires.

“If one is not sure, call the fire brigade and we will give you information on how to use these to warm yourselves. We are prepared for any incidents as we head towards winter,” said Peterson.

He said the city is investing more in fire equipment to improve services since the fire rescue and emergency department was struggling.

“We had nothing, the city had no adequate equipment so investment in fire equipment is to refurbish the fire rescue and emergency service to provide adequate and effective service to the public when there is an outbreak of fire,” said Peterson.

Meanwhile, the Bulawayo City Council’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency received a donation of equipment from Operation Florian.

Bulawayo Mayor Cllr Martin Moyo said the donation would ensure that the city delivers efficient and effective civil protection service.

“The donation that the city will be receiving today will go a long way in ensuring that we are able to deliver efficient and effective civil protection service,” said the Mayor.

“The city of Bulawayo is humbled to be receiving donations from Operation Florian this has been the case since the partnership started seven years ago.”

He said the city has received two containers of equipment from this donation.

“This particular mission has resulted in Bulawayo receiving two containers of equipment which enable training to take place. Our staff and partner organisations went through a two week intensive training again this year,” said Cllr Moyo.

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