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During the fiscal year 2004/2005, the Jamaica Fire Brigade saved property valued at an estimated $2 billion. This disclosure was made by Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport Portia Simpson-Miller, at the presentation ceremony of fire-fighting equipment at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices, on October 13.
Minister Simpson-Miller also told the gathering that the Fire Brigade had responded to a total of 14,190 fire calls over the same period.
“Meanwhile,” she continued, “the emergency medical side of the brigade has responded to 1,380 calls since the start of the year.”
The occasion was the presentation of equipment donated by the French Embassy, as well as the recognition of firefighters who had recently concluded a Rescue Training Exercise, which was carried out with the assistance of officers from the Martinique Fire Service.
The equipment worth US$12,000 or J$2.3 million, included jaws of life, hydraulic spreaders, cutters, chains and other assorted fire-fighting equipment.
She also used the opportunity to inform the audience that on October 12, the Fire Service had expanded its operations, by opening an emergency medical service at the Linstead Fire Station, in St. Catherine.
The Minister thanked the French Embassy and Government, on behalf of the Jamaican Government and people, for their kind and timely assistance. French Ambassador to Jamaica Francis Hurtut in his address, expressed his delight at being able to contribute to the needs of the Jamaican fire service.