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Arscott wants more resources for Old Harbour fire department

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 10:31 AM
Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government Noel Arscott.

Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government Noel Arscott is calling for the government to address the lack of resources at the Old Harbour Fire Department in St Catherine.

Arscott says the lack of adequate vehicles, equipment and supplies is affecting the work of the fire department.

He notes that the department serves an important corridor in the island and should be put in a position to adequately respond to emergencies.

The opposition spokesman cited last week’s major bus crash along a section of the P.J. Patterson Highway, which runs adjacent to Old Harbour Road, and the massive fire at the Old Harbour Market to highlight the urgent need for more resources for the Fire Department.

Dozens of emergency workers had to be brought in to help following the crash which 17 persons injured and resulted in the deaths of three others.

Several fire units from as far as Portmore and Linstead had to be called in to respond to the fire at the market because there is no fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire station.