Fire Service on Carnival fetes: Safety first
The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service said some event organisers of Carnival fetes showed 'blatant disregard' for fire safety rules, and as a result, they have been forced to close the gates on some Carnival events.
The statement was issued after several patrons were reportedly not allowed into a Carnival fete due to overcrowding.
In a statement issued January 31, 2019, the Fire Service said it will continue to enforce the law.
"In recent times, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service has been forced to close the gates at events as a result of the blatant disregard to the provisions under the license, particularly pertaining to the capacity submitted by the promoter to the Licensing Committee, and granted by the Magistrate."
"These contraventions directly affect the fire/life safety coverage provided by the Fire Service since the capacity of the venue is one of the factors for determining the number of fire officers to be deployed and in turn, how effectively the Fire Service can carry out its functions in the event of any untoward occurrence."
The Fire Service that they are tasked with responsibility for providing fire and life safety coverage at public events in accordance with the Fire Services Act.
The Fire Service said in order to ensure that public safety is not compromised, the Fire Service has direct policies that are directly structured to guide promoters in the hosting of their events.
Furthermore, the Fire Service said when promoters apply for and are granted the license by a magistrate to host the event, they are bound by the law to implement and adhere to the necessary standards and requirements which are set by Fire Service.
"In this regard, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service will continue to put the safety of the public first," the Fire Service said.