Fire Brigade gets three new trucks

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Fire Brigade’s (JFB) this week received three new trucks, valued at $133 million.

The units, which are designed to traverse the local terrain, are also capable of pumping water while being driven, and are the first such units that will be deployed in Jamaica.

They are also able to discharge water at a rate of over 700 grams per minute, are built with air-conditioned cabins, and equipped breathing apparatus.

The units will be deployed fire stations in St Andrew; Portmore, St Catherine; and May Pen, Clarendon.

The vehicles were symbolically handed over to JFB Acting Commissioner, Errol Mowatt, by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Noel Arscott, and State Minister, Colin Fagan, during a brief presentation ceremony at the Portmore Fire Station in Braeton, St Catherine, on July 18.

Arscott at the handing over said that despite Jamaica’s current economic challenges, the Government remains committed to upgrading the country’s fire service, adding that “these three pieces of equipment are a testament to (that).”

He said that priority will also be given to repairing the island’s sole fire boat, in order to have it back in operation as quickly as possible, while disclosing that an additional number of similar vessels are to be acquired.

Arscott also announced that the government is slated to purchase one new ambulance for the fire service this year. He added that two additional ambulances are being provided by the Japanese Government, and are expected in the island shortly while two existing units are slated for repairs.

“These will bolster the fleet of (the) pilot emergency medical services and will get (the number) back to the complement of six,” the Minister said.

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