The four-day Tomb Sweeping Day long weekend is over. According to the Tainan City Government Fire Bureau, there were 143 fires in cemeteries and wooded areas during the same period around Tomb Sweeping Day last year. To reduce the occurrence of cemetery fires and save firefighters from getting exhausted as they rush around putting out fires, the Fire Bureau, as well as advising the public how to prevent fires, has also developed several effective tools for preventing and fighting fires in cemeteries, including drone broadcasts, leaf-blower fire extinguishers and fire-extinguishing brooms, which were all developed inexpensively. The Fire Bureau says that these firefighting tools and strategies proved effective during this year’s Tomb Sweeping Day long weekend, during which cemetery, wood and scrub fires have been reduced to 104 incidents.
The Fire Bureau believes that the “three uses” demanded by Mayor Huang Wei-che, namely using big data to identify hotspots, using technology to assist in rescue operations and using case studies to reinforce public information, have proven effective at preventing and extinguishing fires. The Police Bureau’s Traffic Police Corps also says that because of the continued threat of COVID-19 outbreaks, with regard to people and vehicles involved in tomb sweeping during this year’s festival, traffic flows around Tainan’s 30 main cemeteries and columbaria were all significantly down on last year, but there were still large numbers of visitors and vehicles at 12 major scenic areas within the jurisdiction. The Police Bureau set up a total of 178 traffic control posts and mobilized 2,495 police officers to maintain the free flow of traffic around cemeteries, scenic areas and all main roads.
To strengthen disaster prevention around Tomb Sweeping Day this year, the city government’s Bureau of Civil Affairs Bureau and district offices reduced the accumulation of combustible materials ahead of time by weeding public cemeteries and carting refuse away. The Fire Bureau, for its part, drew up practical prevention and rescue measures for cemeteries within its jurisdiction where fires have frequently broken out in the past and where rugged terrain makes rescue operations difficult, and it also promoted fire prevention.
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This year the city government has adopted the additional measure of making public information announcements from garbage trucks as they travel along the streets and using drones to broadcast fire prevention measures in public cemeteries, reminding the public that when paying respect to their ancestors they should make sure that any flames are extinguished before leaving. It also set up a plan to dispatch personnel and vehicles to patrol cemeteries where fires have broken out relatively frequently and during the periods when that is most likely to happen, or to station personnel to watch out and provide people with bags of water to douse the embers after burning ghost money, so as to avoid causing wildfires.
Fire Bureau Commissioner Lee Ming-feng says that to promote fire prevention for this year’s Tomb Sweeping Festival, the authorities have adopted electronic communications, with an emphasis on broadcasts, scrolling LED message boards or using drones for airborne broadcasts over cemeteries to remind people who are out sweeping graves to pay attention to fire safety. To fight fires more effectively, the bureau has purchased various kinds of lightweight firefighting equipment, thinking imaginatively about every way of fighting fires and reducing the heavy burden for firefighters of deploying fire hoses over long distances when entering cemeteries to put out fires. These measures have greatly improved the efficacy of firefighting and rescue operations in mountain forests and cemeteries.
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
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