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  • Construction of two new fire stations is slated to begin this fiscal year, says Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.
  • “In the next financial year, we intend to focus on building a new facility in Yallahs in St. Thomas,” he added.
  • In the meantime, the Minister said 105 new firefighters recently graduated, and that beginning in August this year, another 100 are to be trained.

Construction of two new fire stations is slated to begin this fiscal year, says Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.

Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 22, Mr. McKenzie said the stations will be located in Port Maria, St. Mary and Montego Bay, St. James.

He emphasised that the completion of the projects is vital, as both the Port Maria and Montego Bay fire stations have been closed for over seven years.

“In the next financial year, we intend to focus on building a new facility in Yallahs in St. Thomas,” he added.

The Minister said he has mandated the Board, led by the Hon. Russell Hadeed, to identify a new location for the headquarters of the Brigade, which is now at Port Royal Street.

In the meantime, the Minister said 105 new firefighters recently graduated, and that beginning in August this year, another 100 are to be trained.

“When these firefighters commence service, the personnel shortage being experienced will be greatly reduced, with only 60 positions left to be filled by the next financial year,” he noted.