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-over 500 bush fires recorded for the year By Dale AndrewsThe current El Nino weather condition has caused the Guyana Fire Service to place itself on high alert.This was disclosed at a press conference hosted by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee and Chief Fire Officer,wholesale nfl jerseys, Marlon Gentle,NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic, at the Ministry’s Boardroom yesterday.The current hot weather has resulted in 515 vegetation fires so far this year, compared with 203 for 2008.According to the Fire Chief, these fires are more prevalent between Turkeyen and Mahaica where there are large expanses of open vegetation and areas designated as garbage sites.The fire department has had to visit these areas frequently over the past month to extinguish fires.While some of the fires are as a result of spontaneous ignition, many others are deliberately set.The Guyana Fire Service has taken cognizance of the reality and has adopted measures to cater for any eventuality.Over the past few months the El Nino weather pattern has made a significant impact on Guyana. A number of agencies, especially the Ministry of Agriculture, have alerted the Home Affairs Ministry,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, which has responsibility for the Guyana Fire Service, to the implications.Minister Rohee told the press conference that his Ministry has taken note of the situation and has done some introspection in order that the fire department is prepared for any eventuality that is associated with the weather phenomena.According to Rohee, while Guyana is populated with dense tropical rainforest and has not been severely affected by forest fires as has been obtaining in other countries, there is still the need to take every precaution to guard against similar disasters.“Some people believe that because we have tropical rainforest, it is an indication that it is always wet and there’s no danger of fire taking place there…But we believe that given the situation in Guyana, pastures and grasslands could create situations that could become harmful to the urban and semi-urban populations,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping,” Rohee stated.Fire Chief Gentle said that these fire also result in damage to infrastructure, such as electric power lines, telecommunication and drainage and irrigation infrastructure.The Minister expressed concern about the tendencies of certain businesses to dispose inflammable liquids through the urban drainage systems.According to the Minister,Jerseys NFL Wholesale, although the fire department has taken steps to prevent any danger arising as a result of these practices, there is still the need to keep a watchful eye on the situation.Another area of concern is the presence of derelict buildings around the city, a situation that has been engaging the Mayor and City Council for a number of years.As far as the Ministry of Home Affairs is concerned, these buildings should be pulled down because of the threat they pose to other nearby properties.The water level in most of the canals in the city has dropped significantly, and with most of the fire hydrants mainly inoperable, the Fire Department has been depending heavily on this source of water.The Chief Fire Officer acknowledged that there will be some difficulties for his department as a result of the prolonged dry weather.“We have had some discussions with the City Engineers Department (M&CC) and we have been given some assurances that they will maintain a certain level of water that we’ve asked for in these canals for critical firefighting operations. We have been monitoring these canals and we have observed that they have been re-engineered to hold more water,” the Fire Chief said.The burning of cut grass and garbage is also becoming a regular practice by some in the city and its environs.Minister Rohee said that while the Ministry appreciates that this may be a cheap way to dispose of cut grass and garbage, such practices can also pose dangers to persons in the various neighbourhoods.He said that apart from the fire danger such activities present, there is also the environmental concern.“You have the smoke drifting into communities affecting elderly people, affecting babies, pregnant mothers, students, and it creates a tremendous situation of discomfort. We have received several letters from members of the public complaining about the effects of some of these practices,” Rohee stated.This was supported by Fire Chief Gentle,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, who added that already there have been two reports of minor accidents on the East Coast of Demerara as a result of thick smoke billowing across the roadway.The Home Affairs Minister said that there are laws to deal with these transgressions. He pointed to the Summary Jurisdiction Offences (amendment) Act of 1998, which provides for fines of up to $15,000 for persons who make fires in any place except in their kitchens without permission in writing to the detriment of others.
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