Where are the fire boats?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

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OPPOSITION Senator Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague yesterday questioned the integrity of Government’s fire boat system.

Montague, tabling questions for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator A J Nicholson in the Senate, enquired about the number of fire boats which were functioning as at the start of January this year and the end of March this year. He also wanted to know whether a fire boat is operational in Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston, and Montego Bay and if not, the length of time these have been out of circulation, the estimated cost of repairs for each and the timeline for those repairs.

Senator Nicholson has also being asked to say whether Jamaica is a signatory to any international treaty or convention which requires the country to have a functioning fire boat system.

In addition, Montague has questioned whether the lack of a fire boat system of international standards is a breach of any international treaty or convention and whether fire boats are required to safeguard Jamaica’s maritime trade and tourism interests. He also wanted to know whether the absence of such is endangering those interests.

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