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  • The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to continue its work to rehabilitate fire hydrants island-wide, within the next few weeks.
  • This, as the JFB intensifies its hydrant maintenance programme.
  • Currently, only 65 per cent of fire hydrants are working.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to continue its work to rehabilitate fire hydrants island-wide, within the next few weeks, with the assistance of a $13 million grant from the Japanese Government.

This, as the JFB intensifies its hydrant maintenance programme. Currently, only 65 per cent of fire hydrants are working.

State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 25.

He said the donation will also facilitate the purchase of a vehicle dedicated for this activity.

Mr. Fagan noted that the costs associated with providing fire services are significant and increasing, but that the government is working with the JFB to reduce the risk and impact of fire on communities.
He emphasised that the administration is committed, through partnership, to provide a modern fire service.

Mr. Fagan pointed out that support for the JFB, continues with the receipt of US$300,000 worth of state of the art equipment from the United States Government.

“This donation followed a three-week training course for members of the JFB in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergency operations,” he informed.