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21 firefighters battling Riverton blaze, national Fire Brigade gives update

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 3:51 PM
The Kingston Wharves is blanketed with smoke from the Riverton City dump, seen from the hillside community of Plantation Heights in St Andrew recently.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade has released an update on the current situation of the fire at the Riverton Landfill.

See release below:

Firefighting efforts by the authorities is continuing at the Riverton Landfill in Kingston which has been burning since Wednesday afternoon.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) says an aerial view of the landfill was conducted today by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), which confirmed that a significant portion of the landfill is on fire.

The ODPEM which is in charge of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) which has been activated at level one says it is working with its stakeholders and the private sector to help control the fire.

Twenty-one firefighters are currently involved in the operation assisted by Police and Military personnel.

However, the ODPEM says there is still need for additional tractors and fire hoses.

The Just about 39 Tipper trucks are on site transporting cover material from a nearby Quarry and up to this afternoon over 239 loads have been transported.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller today received an update from the ODPEM and other agencies involved in the operation at the landfill.

The ODPEM says firefighting will continue throughout the night as the team works assiduously to get the situation under control.

Contact: Oroyo Eubanks