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Fire Department to boost fleet

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Fire department to boost fleet

The St Elizabeth Fire Department is to receive three additional fire engines and a water truck from the Government of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Masanori Nakano will sign the agreement for the units with Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher at a ceremony to be held on March 18 at the official residence of the ambassador in Kingston.

The fire engines will be provided through the Embassy of Japan's Grassroots Human Security Programme. They are worth US$10.9 million.

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie said that the units would go a far way in servicing the parish.

"This is a welcomed move. This will give St Elizabeth some more coverage," the minister said.

For his part, Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade Errol Mowatt noted that the addition to the fleet would go a far way in improving service delivery.

Two of the fire trucks and the water unit will be placed at the Black River Fire Station, while the other fire truck will be located at the Junction Fire Station.