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A new dormitory was opened at the Brown’s Town Fire Station, in St. Ann, on Thursday, May 27. It was constructed at a cost of $1.5 million.
Speaking at the official opening, Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Errol Mowatt, commended fire fighters across the island for the way in which they continue to carry out their duty.
“The job of a fire fighter is important. It is not only important, but it is also a dangerous job, yet fire fighters find the time to do it. They need our commendation, they need our praise. They deserve every bit of it,” he said.
He noted that the Jamaica Fire Brigade, like the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), was very active this week, due to operations by the Security Forces in certain sections of Kingston this week.
Turning to the many needs of the various fire stations in the country, he pointed out that due to a lack of resources, they could not be met adequately.
He commended the fire fighters in the Brown’s Town Division for having taken the initiative to seek help outside of the government, thus making the establishment of their new dormitory a reality.
“I commend the fire fighters. I commend everyone who contributed to the establishment of this new wing and allowing our fire fighters to work in a semblance of comfort, so that they can go out and do what we do best – save lives and protect property,” he said.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Othneil Lawrence, said he was more than delighted to have assisted the Brown’s Town fire fighters in their effort.
“We spent approximately $1.5 million from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) on this building. It was a huge sacrifice but we believe that the fire fighters deserve it,” Mr. Lawrence said.