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The Jamaica Fire Brigade(JFB) is to receive $136 million this year, to deal with capital needs, such as repairs to fire stations and acquisition of equipment and protective gear.
Of this amount, $26 million is to be used to rehabilitate vehicles; $45 million to acquire firefighting equipment; $60 million to repair fire stations; and $5 million to rehabilitate fire hydrants.
The funds for fire stations have been prioritised to start construction at Port Maria, St. Mary and Barnett Street, St. James and the Brigade’s training school, as well as for the relocation of its headquarters.
The administrative headquarters of the JFB is to be relocated to Hagley Park Road, Half-Way-Tree, Kingston, in July, from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.
The fire brigade had been searching for a new headquarters since it was informed by the National Land Agency(NLA) in 2004, that it should vacate the conference centre, which is a designated United Nations (UN) building and cannot be occupied by non-UN agencies.
There are also plans to build a regional training academy at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.
Funds for the acquisition of firefighting equipment and gears will be used primarily to purchase standby generators, gas warning devices, breathing apparatus and protective jackets in fire prevention and fire fighting.

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