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Petrojam gives $3 million to Jamaica Fire Brigade

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Acting Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Errol Mowatt (left) seems to be making sure the cheque amount is correct after receiving it from Leon Jarrett (second right), Petrojam's manager of safety, environment, quality assurance and security. Looking on are (from second left) Warren Malcolm, deputy commissioner, operations, at the JFB; Alaric Hacker, assistant commissioner and chief fire prevention officer; and Samuel McIntosh, deputy commissioner, administration, JFB. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

In an effort to assist the training of the country's firefighters, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (Petrojam) donated $3 million to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) on August 12.

The symbolic handover took place at the York Town Fire Station in Kingston.

Leon Jarrett, manager of safety, environment, quality assurance and security at Petrojam, noted the company has had a long-standing relationship with the JFB. He said during correspondence, the JFB expressed the need for members to undergo further training in automobile extrication, confined space rescue, and urban search and rescue.

Errol Mowatt, acting JFB commissioner, said the money has come at an opportune time.

"The amount available in the budget for training … is a measly $8.7 million," he said.

"A year should not go by without us being able to train our people that they can deliver a good job."