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The Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport today (July 19), signed a contract valued at $2.174 million for the refurbishing of the Savanna-la-Mar fire station in Westmoreland.
This represents the first of six fire stations to be refurbished during the 2005/06 financial year. Invitation for tender has been issued for the York Park fire station, and the tender documents for the station in Lucea, Hanover are being prepared.
Speaking at the contract signing, Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport, Portia Simpson Miller said that the men and women of the fire service have been doing a “commendable job in helping to make things better at the stations for themselves and their fellow co-workers”.
“The Ministry is very pleased at the patience of the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and their willingness to go beyond the call of duty. The fireboat station at Newport West is one example of the men and women getting together and working to ensure that the stations can look up,” she said.
Stressing that teamwork was the key factor in the process, Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that the country must be proud of the work done by the fire service during Hurricanes Dennis and Emily to save lives.
“The staff of the National Works Agency (NWA), the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Local Government also put in a lot of work and are to be commended,” she said.
The Minister appealed to the private sector to lend its support to the Jamaica Fire Brigade and not wait until there was a major fire, with persons losing millions of dollars. She urged that they adopt a fire station and help in maintaining it.
“If you do so, you are doing so for the protection of your own life and property and assisting a number of Jamaicans as well,” she said.
The scope of the refurbishing work at the station in Savanna-la-Mar includes replacing the roof sheeting, repairs to electrical and plumbing installations and repairs to store rooms. The work is expected to be completed in four weeks.
The Port Maria station in St. Mary will be given attention in the next financial year, as the station is to be replaced. Also, the tender report for the new station in Falmouth is to be sent to the National Contracts Committee for its approval and recommendation for award of contract.
Design of the new regional proto-type fire station for Barnett Street in Montego Bay is to begin by July 25.