Sunday 12 July, 2020

Fire Service issues urgent public warning against tackling fires


The Fire Service has issued an urgent warning to the public urging them NOT to attempt to put out fires.

Firefighters were called to a well-developed tree and hedge fire near the Old Hyatt building on Tuesday (January 21) at 4.27 pm, which they managed to safely extinguish.

But video footage later emerged showing members of the public attempting to put out the fire with buckets of water, and vehicles passing dangerously close to the flames, before firefighters had arrived.

And in light of the incident, the CIFS has issued a reminder to residents, businesses and visitors to the Cayman Islands that they should Get Out, Stay Out and dial 911 requesting fire and rescue. This includes outside wildfires where bystanders should move to a safe distance, stay away and dial 911.

The advisory added: "CIFS would only recommend tackling a small undeveloped fire, where safe to do so, with an appropriate fire extinguisher to prevent further escalation and calling 911 to report the fire as a matter of urgency.

"Tackling larger fires, with no training, the wrong equipment or wrong extinguishing agent can lead to serious injuries or a fire related fatality and should be avoided in the interest of public safety."

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