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Cabinet has approved a US$8.1 million contract for the National Safety Limited to acquire 13 fire fighting units from Rosenbauer America LLC.
The equipment comprises five emergency tenders, four hydraulic platforms, and four turntable ladders.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the announcement on July 24 at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that, “we will also be entering into a five-year service and maintenance agreement with the supplier in order to ensure that this equipment is kept in the best working condition.”
He noted that given that Jamaica had certain obligations to fulfil with respect to the island’s hosting of the Cricket World Cup next year, “we are ensuring that the fire service is in tip top shape, not only for the World Cup itself, but for all our citizens.”
The Minister informed that the units to be acquired represented the second of a three-phase plan towards improving the capabilities of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).
The first phase of the plan has been completed, with the handing over of 18 units on July 17, which were acquired at a cost of US$9.2 million.
The fleet consists of four water tenders, four foam tenders, and 10 pumpers. Three of the units were damaged during shipment and are undergoing repairs.