Areas vulnerable to fire

In precarious urban neighborhoods, fires are FREQUENTS and DEVASTATING.

Houses are usually built with highly flammable materials (sheet metal, wood, plywood, cardboard...), they quickly go up in smoke. Fires spread very rapidly due to density, overcrowding and small alleys. The sites are very difficult for firefighters to access.
There is a multitude of reasons that cause fires: electrical networks, kitchen fires, the storage of flammable materials or sometimes criminal acts to expel the inhabitants of the area. These fires cause the destruction of entire neighborhoods. They are as much feared events as natural disasters: in a few minutes, families can lose the little they have.

Eau et Vie’s response to the issue

Where professional firefighters in the city cannot intervene, Eau et Vie provides equipment and firefighting training for the community. During the construction of the water network, Eau et Vie INSTALLS FIRE STATIONS in the district, PROCURE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT (fire extinguishers, protective equipment) and REGULARLY TRAIN VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS in partnership with local and international professional firefighters. In each precarious district, volunteer firefighters are grouped into brigades and provide civil security in the neighborhood.

For each intervention district, Eau et Vie aims to:

  • Train 1 volunteer firefighter for 30 families;
  • Install 1 fire hydrant for 80 families;
  • Acquire 1 fire extinguisher for 50 families;
  • Organize training sessions twice a year;
  • Run monthly training exercises;
  • Keep the majority of fires under control.

Local associations

The 3 local associations, Water and Life Philippines, Water and Life Bangladesh and Eau et Vie Côte d’Ivoire are working in partnership with local fire brigades and firefighting associations.

In developing countries, fires affect people's livelihoods much harder than in rich, "insured" countries.

A small fire can do much more damage in a developing country than it would in a rich country.

Source : World Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)

2,000 people have been killed and 49 billion lost in 339 large-scale fires since 1970, making fires one of the most ruinous disasters in the world.

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