JIS News

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was today, Friday (Apr. 7) informed that ten new fire trucks will arrive in the island for the Jamaica Fire Brigade by late April. This was disclosed by Acting Commissioner of the Brigade Mr. Fredrick White at a meeting with Prime Minister Simpson Miller at Jamaica House, during which he updated her on developments within the agency. He said additional trucks including a number of special units are expected to arrive by year end.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller assured Commissioner White and the other officers who met with her that although she was no longer the Minister with portfolio responsibility for the Fire Brigade she would ensure that under her watch, the brigade is brought up to first world standard.
This she said should, as a priority, include the establishment of a world class training institute which is to be constructed at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine. Mrs. Simpson Miller said the institute would not only serve the training needs of Jamaican firefighters, but that it could also offer training to firemen and women across the region.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller told the firefighters that she would be pushing for proper accommodation for them and said that the refurbishing work to be carried out on fire stations across the island should be given urgent attention. She made particular reference to the Falmouth fire station and said that it had to be suitably upgraded to serve the people of Falmouth and surrounding communities. She stressed that the work should be completed in time for Cricket World Cup in 2007 and the opening ceremony which will be held at the Greenfield stadium in Trelawny.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that she was aware of the constraints facing the island’s firefighters and commended them for their tireless work which at times went beyond the call of duty. She said she would be ensuring that the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade receive the proper firefighting uniforms as well as firefighting gear and equipment.

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