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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting significant containment of the fire at the Riverton City Disposal Site, in St. Andrew.
  • Director General, Major Clive Davis, who provided an update during a media briefing at ODPEM’s head office in Kingston, on Sunday (March 15), said significant resources, including heavy equipment, have been deployed to boost the ongoing cooling operations at the landfill, which has been burning since over the past four days.
  • These resources include: 40 tipper trucks, 10 tractors, three fire units, and one front end loader.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting significant containment of the fire at the Riverton City Disposal Site, in St. Andrew.

Director General, Major Clive Davis, who provided an update during a media briefing at ODPEM’s head office in Kingston, on Sunday (March 15), said significant resources, including heavy equipment, have been deployed to boost the ongoing cooling operations at the landfill, which has been burning since over the past four days.

These resources include: 40 tipper trucks, 10 tractors, three fire units, and one front end loader.

Additionally, Major Davis said 21 fire fighters will be assigned for each 24-hour shift of operations, until the fire is extinguished.

He advised that they will receive ground and aerial support from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and assured that all field officers have been equipped with personal protective gear.

Major Davis informed that the environmental health team is continuing visits to the disposal site, and will provide periodic updates.

The ODPEM Director General noted that the adverse impact of the fire and smoke on children and the elderly, in particular, is of grave concern to all stakeholders involved in the operation and, as such the teams are making every effort to bring the situation under control.

“We understand the grave inconvenience…the disruption of lives and livelihoods. I want to reassure you, however, that the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade and our public and private sector partners continue to work assiduously to bring a halt to this situation,” he stated.

Meanwhile, State Minister of State for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, who attended the briefing, again, apologized for the discomfort many persons have experienced.

“I know you are hurting…because of what is happening, and you want it to be dealt with now. This fire and its attendant smoke nuisance are unprecedented in scales and intensity,”the State Minister said, while assuring that the Government is doing everything to ensure that the crisis is contained and alleviated.