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State minister thanks firefighters for outing Riverton blaze

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

MINISTER OF State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Colin Fagan has congratulated the firefighters who worked tirelessly at putting out the fire at the Riverton City dump last month.

Speaking at the rededication of the St Ann's Bay Fire Station in St Ann on Tuesday, Fagan used the opportunity to publicly thank the firefighters for the first time.

"My appreciation for the men and women who continually put their lives on the line to protect the lives and properties of our citizens is unquestionable," Fagan remarked.

"We only have to look back to the last two or three weeks where we had this fire at Riverton, unprecedented in Jamaica. I've never seen such a fire of that magnitude. Our firefighters were out there on the front line, in the smoke, in the dust, all through that period, working, fighting to ensure that the country could get back to its normal state.

"I would like to use this medium to congratulate the firefighters, those who had to go through that difficult period while they fought the fire at Riverton."

Fagan said the responsibility and risk associated with the job may never be fully appreciated and understood by the general public, but urged them to continue being motivated, as the service they provide is critical to the sustainable development of Jamaica.

The refurbished St Ann's Bay fire station was completed at a cost of some $7.8 million.

Volunteers from the fire brigade, representing several parishes, including St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Elizabeth and St Catherine, worked on the project, resulting in savings of more than $1.5 million.

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