Last Saturday, Bonaire’s Fire Department held an interesting and informative Open House at their just opened fire station at Flamingo Airport. Many persons visited throughout the day to learn more what Bonaire’s fire team does as well as fire safety in general.
The fire station was relocated to the new location, which provides quicker access to all areas of Flamingo Airport’s runway so that a fast response can be made in the event of an emergency.
The Fire Department, along with their colleagues at Bonaire’s Police Department, are the first responders in all sorts of emergencies, in addition to fires. If there is a traffic accident with injuries, the Fire Department might need to quickly get a victim out of a vehicle and stabilized for transport to the hospital. This past Saturday, the men and women of Bonaire’s fire team gave an excellent demonstration on how this is done–but thankfully the live “victim” was able to get up and walk away after being removed from the vehicle on a backboard. It’s nice to know that these firefighters can work quickly as a team when seconds might count.
The fire engines were out and available for people to inspect. The kids who attended had a great time climbing aboard, or having their pictures taken in full fire gear.
Another demonstration instructed the public on how to handle fires. If the fire is small, the use of a fire extinguisher can be used and the proper way to use one was illustrated by the firefighters, and the public then had opportunities practice putting out fires.
Bonaire’s firefighters have top-notch training, equipment, and knowledge. It’s nice to know that the island can provide excellent emergency services if they are ever needed.
(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)