Cuba Begins National Week for Fire Protection

Cuba Begins National Week for Fire Protection Havana, May 14. – Cuba on Monday launched the National Week for Fire Protection, aimed at promoting a culture of prevention and confrontation against fires.

According to Raul Orta, a member of the Fire Department, an extensive program of activities will be carried out during the week, aimed at fostering Cuba's security system.

Rescue operations, exhibitions of equipment used to put out fires, provincial brigade competitions, and the awarding ceremony in the children's contest "Si yo fuera bombero" (If I were a firefighter), are some of the events, Orta told the press.

Over 25,000 services provided in 2011 by the Fire Department, a figure that is lower by 4.3 percent compared to the previous year. About 295 rescue operations were developed in that same period, mainly to rescue people trapped and underwater services.

Another essential purpose is to increase the comprehensive preparation of professional and voluntary forces, both at peacetime and wartime.(Prensa Latina)