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By the end of this year, fire fighters attached to the Jamaica Fire Brigade should start receiving additional fire fighting gear, as Cabinet has approved a contract for the supply of breathing apparatus valued at $7.249 million.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, informed journalists at yesterday’s (October 3) weekly post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that Cabinet has approved the contract to National Safety Limited, a local supplier to the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
“It is recognized that the firefighters are at a considerable disadvantage in many instances, because of the absence of the appropriate equipment and because the Cabinet recognized the urgency of this matter, it urged that the transaction be completed as quickly as possible,” the Minister said.
He further noted that the contract to National Safety Limited was for the supply of 100 Scott Air-Pak wire frame back-pack assembly units and 100 Scott Face-pieces for Air-pak.
The Information Minister also announced that Cabinet has approved a contract valued at US$221,700 (approximately J$14 million) for the supply of fire-fighting gear from W. S. Darley and Company, an overseas supplier. The items, which consist of 4,000 boots, 1,200 protective gloves, 400 helmets and 200 sets of fire coats and pants are also expected to arrive in the island by year end.