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Fire fighters in some rural parishes will soon enjoy improved working conditions, as the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development moves to refurbish a number of fire stations.

This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Colin Fagan, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 25.

“Our fire fighters have, for years, been very patient with us as leaders. I want to extend my personal gratitude to them for having recognised the financial limitations of the Ministry over the years, and to assure them that strident efforts are being made to address the situation,” he said.

Mr. Fagan informed that among those fire stations to undergo repairs is the one in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. He said a technical team from the Ministry has visited the location and has carried out the necessary modifications to the original drawing and completed the proposals for the adjustments.

“A structural engineer is working on a design, while other processes leading to and including tendering and selection of a contractor are expected to be completed within two months of the approval of the engineer’s drawing; thereafter work will commence,” he said.

The Ministry is also advancing plans to renovate the St. Ann’s Bay Fire Station, which is due to start in August.

In Manchester, minor repairs will be carried out on the Christiana Fire Station.

Mr. Fagan said documentation for the commencement of the project is being prepared.

Additionally, the roof of the Frankfield Fire Station in Clarendon is to be replaced. “The documentation for the start of that project is also presently being prepared,” the State Minister said.

Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker