The constant threat of fires

In slums, fires rapidly cause huge damages due to the density, habitat promiscuity and small alleys. Fire access is difficult for firemen if a fire occurs, while, at the same time fires are FREQUENT and often DEVASTATING.

Houses, mainly built with highly flammable materials (sheet, timber, plywood, carton...), rapidly go up in smoke. There are many kinds of fire sources: origin of the fire can be criminal -aiming to evict people from the area-, or it can be generated by electricity networks, kitchen fires, transportation of gasoline to supply fishing boats... They generate fires destroying entire neighborhoods. Fires are as much feared as natural disasters: within few minutes, families lose what little they have. No insurance, rare relocation, just ashes.

Eau et Vie respond

Eau et Vie takes the opportunity of slums connection to water networks to INSTALL FIRE HYDRANTS, RAISE AWARENESS toward fire prevention and create specially trained volunteer firefighting brigades.

For each operating area, Eau et Vie aims to :

  • Install 1 fire hydrant per 80 families;
  • Train 1 volunteer firefighter per 50 families;
  • Organise firefighting training and fire prevention sessions twice a year.

Local organisations

Local organisations, Water and Life Philippines and Water and Life Bangladesh, work in partnership with city firefighting brigades and organisations operating in firefighting activities.

In developing countries, fires have a much longer-term impact on people livelihood than in rich and “insured” countries.

A small fire can cause much more damages in a developing country than in a developed country.

Source: Global Fire monitoring Center (GFMC)

2,000 people died and 49 billion dollars were lost in 339 big scale fires since 1970, making fires one of the most wasteful disasters in the world.

Source: International Disaster Database of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and EMDAT-CRED