Three Fire Trucks Added To JFB Fleet

Photo: Peta Gay Rowe Firefighters demonstrate the fire fighting capabilities of one of three new fire units, which the Government has acquired for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB). Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, handed over the units on February 4, at the York Park Fire Station, Orange Street, Kingston.

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  • Three new fire trucks valued at US$1.36 million have been added to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) fleet, as the Government continues to boost the capabilities of the service.
  • The trucks will be deployed to the parishes of Kingston, St. James and St. Ann, which have a high volume of fire calls and a large number of vulnerable communities.
  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, handed over the vehicles during a ceremony held at the York Park Fire Station at Orange Street on Thursday (February 4).

Three new fire trucks valued at US$1.36 million have been added to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) fleet, as the Government continues to boost the capabilities of the service.

The trucks will be deployed to the parishes of Kingston, St. James and St. Ann, which have a high volume of fire calls and a large number of vulnerable communities.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, handed over the vehicles during a ceremony held at the York Park Fire Station at Orange Street on Thursday (February 4).

He said the acquisition is “a sign of the Government’s commitment to improving the safety and security of the people of Jamaica through the JFB.”

He added that the Ministry will “continue to gradually expand the fleet and upgrade fire equipment including the fire boat, bunker gear, protective suits, and undertake general improvement of the fire stations around the island.”

Minister Arscott said he “looks forward to the responsible use of these trucks.” He urged the firefighters to take special care of the vehicles, and recommended that a proper maintenance schedule be implemented.

In his remarks, Minister of State, Hon. Colin Fagan, commended the men and women of the fire service, whom he said, have always displayed a high level of professionalism and dedication to their job.

“When the fires at Riverton disposal site challenged the health of our citizens, the JFB saw the crisis through from beginning to end. When the crops and properties of our farmers and residents in the hills of St. Andrew, St. Thomas and other parishes were at dire risk in the summer of 2015, the JFB went above and beyond to minimise the damage and ensure safety,” he noted.

Mr. Fagan said the new vehicles will help the firefighters significantly, and he encouraged them to “continue to do great things while inspiring public confidence and offering quality service with a willing spirit.”

He said the JFB plays a vital role to the country’s development through the protection of personal and national assets and the Ministry is committed to supporting  the agency in every way possible.

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