(ZIZ News) — The St. Kitts And Nevis Fire and Rescue Services held an opening ceremony to launch the 14th anniversary of its Summer Safety Programme.

Minister of Youth, The Hon. Shawn K Richards officially declared the programme open. During his address, the Minister commended the fire and rescue services for maintaining the programme now in its fourteenth year.

“I first of all want to take this opportunity to commend the Fire and Rescue Services for making sure that this event continued for over some fourteen years now”, he said.

This year’s theme is “Safeguarding The Nation’s Future Through Our Youths”. Minister Richards went on to explain the importance of the programme and the theme’s significance.

“As one examines the theme for this year’s workshop, indeed there is the recognition by the fire services in that the safety of our children is important because if we do not ensure that our children live in a safe environment then we cannot be assured of the future here in St. Kitts and Nevis”, the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

General Manager of Carib Supply St. Kitts and Nevis Limited, Howard Richardson said it was a pleasure to once again sponsor the programme.

He further expressed his liking for this year’s theme.

“It is once again a great pleasure for Caribe Supply to sponsor the fire and rescue services annual summer safety program. I very much like the theme of this year’s 14th edition of the program that is “Safeguarding The Nation’s Future Through Our Youth” as it brings into focus the positive contribution that youth can make to our future wellbeing”, Richardson stated.

The opening ceremony was held at The Fire and Rescue Services Department Grounds and was chaired by Fire Service Officer Timothy Martin.

A statement from the Fire Services Department states that the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire And Rescue Services seeks to protect and safeguard the lives and property of citizens and the general economy by preventing and reducing the dangers and effects of fires and explosions.