Fire Brigade wants 200 recruits

Observer Reporter

Saturday, January 26, 2002    

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THE Jamaica Fire Brigade will, next Monday, start a 12-day recruitment drive for firefighters in Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann, Trelawny, St James, Manchester and Westmoreland.

Commissioner of the Fire Brigade, Major H George Benson, told JIS News that the organisation was seeking to recruit 200 persons.

"Overall, we are short about 1,000 persons, so we will satisfy the total shortage with this recruitment drive. But for this exercise we want to go into training with about 200 people," he said.

Major Benson also said that the remaining vacancies would be filled gradually from subsequent recruitment drives.

The Brigade is seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 who are at least 5 feet 6 inches tall, medically fit and who have a minimum of four CXC subjects.

Interested persons in Kingston and St Andrew can report to the York Park Fire Station on Orange Street on Monday, January 28.

For persons in St James and Trelawny, recruiting will take place on Thursday, January 31 at the Calvary Baptist Church Hall on Corinaldi Avenue in Montego Bay.

Recruiting will continue on February 4 in Westmoreland at the United Church Hall, Savanna-la-Mar, and on February 6, at the Anglican Church Hall in St Ann's Bay.

The final day will be February 8, when interested persons in Manchester may visit the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville.

Major Benson said that successful applicants would undergo a three-month training programme. They would be required to pass all tests, including medical and academic, as well as basic firefighting.




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