The primary purpose of this Programme is to address Fire Prevention and Fire Protection in the city of Bridgetown and, at the same time, develop an intervention strategy.“ Operation Escape Bridgetown Programme”(O.E.B) will:
Educate Store Owners and Employees of correct evacuation procedures
Decrease the chance of unwanted ignition.
Prevent/limit the spread of fire by independent action taken.This programme offers an opportunity to tackle the critical component of “Life Safety and Fire Risk Reduction” in the high risk areas of the city.
This programme will be initiated by the Barbados Fire Service through the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit. One-on-one contact will be made with store owners to:
Identify risks and discuss the threat which they could pose within the city.
Define the mutual benefits of the programme.
Following this, an official correspondence will be sent to interested and willing participants. The Barbados Fire Service will take responsibility for lending all technical assistance and maintaining contact with all the Stakeholders.
The face of business is changing in Bridgetown.
There is a vast increase in the number of malls, which translates into an actual increase in the number of businesses.
Over the years there have been several fires in the City, resulting in significant financial losses. In most cases the owners have stood by and witnessed their hard-earned investment sgo up in flames,some of which ended in the loss of human life.
This programme is intended to mitigate against these types of events by being pro-active,through the introduction of simple Fire Prevention Safety solutions.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
To ensure that store owners and employees are aware of ,and familiar with, correct Evacuation Procedures and responses to fire emergencies within the workplace.
To educate store owners and workers about fire safety practices in the work
To provide store owners with guidelines for preparing an Emergency Escape Plan.
To encourage store owners and workers to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the concept of Fire Prevention.
To foster and develop community partnership between store owners, employees and the Barbados Fire Service.
The programme will be entitled Operation Escape Bridgetown(OEB).It will engage a multifaceted concept which will involve both prevention and suppression techniques.
It will be designed in a manner to minimise the number of fires in the targeted area, through a unified, co-operative fire prevention effort between
owners/occupants and the Barbados Fire Service. This effort will present an opportunity to establish community partnerships, thereby facilitating the collective management of risks.
Store owners and staff working in businesses located in the vicinities of Swan Street, Roebuck Street, Tudor Street and Broad Street and their adjoining environs.
Interviewing business owners to obtain contact, structural and fire protection information.
Educating staff through Fire Prevention lectures, demonstrations and discussions.
Duration - 1 hour.
The program me will be evaluated by:
Ensuring risk reduction standards are maintained.
Reviewing if target audiences are being reached.
Determining its direct impact on fire statistics.
Measuring its outcomes against stated objectives.
Ensure that each building has a clearly stated evacuation procedure.
Make information available and accessible to all levels of staff.
Ensure that there is adequate signage throughout each building.
Ensure that there is functional layout.
Provide continuous education on relevant issues which are related to safety in the City.
The City of Bridgetown is an area which is very densely populated. It has several ignition sources ranging from electrical to open flames. With commitment and strict adherence to every facet of this Programme by all stakeholders, it will create a vital and effective launching-pad for ensuring and securing the safety/welfare of occupants within the City. Given the nature and level of activity which is transacted in Bridgetown, the Programme seeks to protect all persons conducting business in the city.