Cox Heath Fire: Medical Team Deployed

BVI Platinum News
May 12, 2018 9:09 am AST
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The community is being asked to remain vigilant with regards to the danger posed by smoke in the area of the Cox Heath dump site fire on the western end of the island.

To this end, Deputy Governor David Archer announced that beginning today, May 12, medical personnel will be deployed to surrounding areas to provide medical assistance if needed.

"Only authorised personnel are permitted on the site and persons assigned to work in the area (dump site) are required to wear protective respiratory aid," Archer said.

He stated that, if you reside in an area impacted by the smoke, it is advised that you limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure. If you are experiencing any respiratory issues please contact your physician or Peebles Hospital at 852 7500.

"As a precautionary measure, commencing Saturday, 12 May 2018, Community Nurses and Environmental Health Officers will be visiting the homes of persons in the Cox Heath, Pockwood Pond, West End, Capoon’s Bay and surrounding areas to assess the level of impact and to render medical assistance and/or advice," the Deputy Governor said.

He also said that the fire continues to be contained which means that the threat of the fire spreading has been eliminated at this time.

Additional equipment to pump 1000 gallons of seawater per minute directly to the site to completely extinguish the core of the fire is also being deployed.
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