US gives Fire Brigade J$1m in equipment

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Fire Brigade received water and structural rescue kit equipment valued at some $1 million, to further strengthen its search and rescue operations in six parishes

The equipment, which has been donated by the United States Southern Command, in partnership with the US Embassy in Jamaica, was handed over to Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams, at the York Park Fire Station, in Kingston, on June 28.

Included in the items are self-contained breathing apparatus, portable lighting, helmets, chain saws, holding shovels, and water rescue and flotation devices.

They will be deployed to the York Park, Trench Town and Stony Hill Fire Stations in Kingston and St Andrew; the Falmouth Fire Station in Trelawny; the Port Maria Fire Station in St Mary; and the Ocho Rios Fire Station in St Ann.

Commissioner Williams, in expressing gratitude to the US Government, assured that the tools will be utilised with professionalism and true commitment to duty.

He noted that the donation is quite timely, as it coincides with the start of Hurricane Season. “This is a time when we may be called on again to do our part in saving lives and protecting property,” Williams said.

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