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Chief of National Fire Service says organization is not done following opening of new Dangriga Fire Station

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2024. 9:12 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The addition of a new Fire Station in Dangriga Town, in its New Site area close to the Hummingbird Highway/George Price Drive, is calculated to reduce response time to fires from the original location nearer the center of town, according to Colin Gillett, Fire Chief, National Fire Service.

Gillett told reporters that the new station will become more than just a hub for firefighters: “The old station is closer to the market, which means that we have to take a longer time to reach over here. We’re not abandoning that station, we’re just going to strategically put one truck here, one truck there, and have the officers, just in case something happens there, they can coordinate.”

The Service is looking forward to adding a new cadre of firefighters, Gillett added: “Right now we are having an intake of about 70 guys, new persons. They will be spread out all over the country, especially in the areas where we are having the ambulance service because that’s additional work. And we are – the guys in PG are having their own training from another group. There’s a lot of people since we’ve started the ambulance service, there’s a lot of new organizations who want to step in and help.”

Next week, a new fire truck and one firefighter will be assigned to the village of Hopkins, joining the Southern Emergency Service (SES) which already operates an ambulance there. He made a call for more men to join the Service as a typical fire truck needs at least four men to operate. Currently, the Dangriga station has ten dedicated firefighters and ten volunteers.

Gillett also noted plans to partner with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), a sister agency under the Ministry of Sustainable Development, to lend the new station as a hub for emergency distribution and management during disasters.

 

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