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  • The Norman Manley International Airport is to receive important fire safety equipment inclusive of one aircraft rescue and fire-fighting vehicle and associated rescue equipment.
  • Under the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the Norman Manley International Airport is to operate three aircraft rescue and fire- fighting vehicles, to meet the airport's rescue and fire-fighting capability.
  • Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, disclosed at the weekly Jamaica House media briefingthat Cabinet has approved the US$1.45 million contract, which will be financed from the 2013/14 budgetary allocation for the airport.

The Norman Manley International Airport is to receive important fire safety equipment, following Cabinet’s decision to approve a contract to Oshkosh Corporation of the United States, for the manufacture and delivery of one aircraft rescue and fire-fighting vehicle and associated rescue equipment.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, disclosed at the weekly Jamaica House media briefing on October 9, that Cabinet has approved the US$1.45 million contract, which will be financed from the 2013/14 budgetary allocation for the airport.

She informed that under the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the Norman Manley International Airport is to operate three aircraft rescue and fire- fighting vehicles, to meet the airport’s rescue and fire-fighting capability.

Senator Falconer also announced Cabinet’s approval of recommendations in connection with the lighting of the Elegant Corridor in Montego Bay, St. James, between the round-a-bout at the Sangster International Airport and the Iberostar Hotel.

“There have been safety concerns for some time due to speeding and the absence of street lights, poor night time visibility and an increased number of road accidents. The recommendations include the option of having bidders submit proposals for either grid powered or solar powered LED street lights,” the Minister explained.

She noted that the bidders for the solar option will be asked to submit indicative costs for operation and maintenance for a period of five years.

The Minister pointed out that each solution has advantages and disadvantages. “With the grid solution, the JPSCo would deal with maintenance related issues. However, it will attract electricity and other maintenance charges. For the solar solution, there would be no recurring electricity charges; however, ownership and maintenance would be a challenge as the JPSCo would not be willing to assume this responsibility,” Minister Falconer said.

She pointed out that a decision on the option to be used will be made after an analysis of the tenders received.

The funds for the project, estimated to be approximately $400 million, will be provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), while the National Works Agency (NWA) will oversee the implementation.

Plans for the project were first disclosed by the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, in his Sectoral Debate presentation on July 2 in the House of Representatives; and at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s head office in Kingston on July 18, Executive Director of the TEF, Clyde Harrison, said the project’s design was complete.