Fire brigade busier in 2010

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Issue 1218, Page 3
Word count: 286
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Firefighters were called out more than 32,000 times in 2010, an increase of 4.8 percent over the preceding year, representing an average of nearly 90 times a day.

The Fire Services Bureau announced the figures yesterday at the Sai Van Headquarters, which showed that of the total 32,848 operations carried out last year, a majority, 29,624, were calling for ambulances.

When compared to 2009, the ambulances were also used more frequently, registering an increase of 1,517 or 5.4 percent from 28,107.

However, divisional fire officer Lam Io Fan said the bureau did not have the figure of how many times the ambulances were called out for non-emergency services, but at the same time he also urged people not to abuse the transportation.

In addition, 1,099 fire hazards were reported in 2010, up by 8.3 percent over 2009. Lam said they were mainly “small house fires” caused by people who were cooking at home but forgot to turn off the stove before going out.

The rise, according to Lam, implied that local people’s awareness of fire prevention still needs to be enhanced and hence, in the year ahead the bureau will continue to do promotional campaigns in various communities.

The fire brigade was also called out to 905 rescue operations, up 16.6 percent from 776 call outs in 2009.

Lam said the bureau has a special team responsible for reviewing whether or not more fire equipment is required to accommodate the growing demand every year.

The bureau also announced that it will send out officers to Barra, Ha Van, Patane and Avenida do Almirante Lacerda to give away fire prevention leaflets and posters on January 26, 27, 31 and February 1 before the Lunar New Year arrives.

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