- The ambulance is to be used for the transportation of police personnel to medical facilities.
- The vehicle was part of the provisions of the 2010-2012 wage agreement between the Government and the police.
- The vehicle will be attached to the JCF convalescing centre in St. Elizabeth.
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on Tuesday, March 18, handed over an ambulance to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to be used for the transportation of police personnel to medical facilities.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Ministry’s downtown Kingston offices, Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, explained that the vehicle was part of the provisions of the 2010-2012 wage agreement between the Government and the police.
“Use and care it, so that police men and women will be transported in comfort, and in good time to where they seek medical attention,” Minister Dalley said.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting said he was “most grateful for those beneficiaries whose lives will be made a little easier.”
The vehicle will be attached to the JCF convalescing centre in St. Elizabeth.
Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, said the ambulance will be available to all members.
“Irrespective of which cohort of officers, it will serve the police family… it is quite timely, and we are making things better for the people who we serve. When the members of the Force are in a position of comfort, the best beneficiaries are the public who we serve,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Ferguson, said he made the acquisition of additional fleet a priority when he took office two years ago. Since January of this year, the Ministry has purchased 56 vehicles to deal with various emergencies.
“We recognise that whether it is for vector control, emergency services, we need to be able to have adequate vehicles… when we have to rent ambulances, it is at very high cost. We have been able to respond in this way to the police, because we see national security as not just for certain people, it is for all of us as citizens,” Minister Ferguson stated.