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The island’s fire services has received another boost, with Cabinet having approved the award of a contract to Tank-Weld Limited for the construction of a new fire station in Falmouth, Trelawny.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who made the announcement at this morning’s post Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House, said the decision to construct the fire station was based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport.
He said the proposal was “well supported given the fact that apart from the need for the citizens of the area to have an appropriate fire service, which is a national requirement, Falmouth is an area slated for very significant development in tourism and it is therefore particularly important that as that infrastructure is being put in, that the fire services are appropriately provided for”.
The project is expected to be completed in two years at a cost of $83.7 million. The existing building housing the Jamaica Fire Brigade in Falmouth is structurally unsound and its layout is unable to adequately accommodate the fire fighting vehicles.
In July, Cabinet approved the award of a contract to Rosenbauer America LLC for the procurement of 33 new vehicles for the Jamaica Fire Brigade. The package, which is being financed by the government and through loan funds, includes the provision of four water tenders, four foam tenders and 25 pumpers, in addition to all equipment, tools and service maintenance for five years.
Making her Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives earlier this year, Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport, Portia Simpson Miller announced that the first batch of eight vehicles for the service was slated to arrive in the island within eight months after the signing of the contract, the date for which had not yet been set.