Basseterre, Wednesday, 18th July, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – The Minister of National Security in St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris, earlier this week used the occasion of his remarks at a summer camp, to encouraged children to learn more and understand the importance of employing safety fire practices, including the creation of a fire escape plan.
Despite the fact that in St. Kitts and Nevis, fires involving children are very rare, Harris, who is also the country’s Prime Minister, said his government wants to keep it that way.
He indicated that no children have been involved in fire-related emergencies here in St. Kitts and Nevis since at least the year 2015.
Some 300 boys and girls from ages 5 to 12 years old are this week receiving important training covering Fire Safety, Water Safety, Traffic Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Crime and Violence.
The camp is mainly being facilitated at the Fire Services headquarters in East Basseterre.
The children are representing 18 schools located across the length and breadth of St. Kitts, said the minister.
Here in St. Kitts, this week’s Summer Safety Program is being held at three locations, namely the Basseterre Fire Station, Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle, and Sandy Point Primary School.
This is being done to promote geographic accessibility and a close-knit setting so that the children can get a heightened learning and interactive experience over the span of five days while they are engaged in training from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Last week, roughly 100 of their peers from eight schools in Nevis participated in the Annual Summer Safety Program held at the Jessup’s Community Centre.
Nevis’ Annual Summer Safety Program celebrates 15 years this year, as it started one year after St. Kitts’ own.
Dr. Harris said the government wants to spark awareness of not just fire risks, but also increased awareness that will prevent fires while also equipping children with the survival skills necessary to escape safely from a burning house.
This year’s theme is “Protecting the Future of Our Federation Through Fire Safety Awareness.”