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Trelawny Fire Department gets needed equipment

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:

The Trelawny Fire Department is now much better equipped to provide high-quality service at the scenes of accidents and fires, thanks to the generosity of Global Surgery, an organisation affiliated to the University of Toronto in Canada, which donated some much-needed equipment earlier this week.

According to Dr Lee Errett, who heads the Global Surgery team, their mission is to help countries like Jamaica to improve their ability to provide sustainable medical care.

"Global Surgery consists of 72 doctors, whose aim is to visit low- and middle-income countries as part of its mission. We aim to improve their capacity to provide sustainable medical care," said Errett.

"Our organisation provides new and used equipment, like masks and stretchers, which help in the delivery of the kind of medical care provided by the fire service."

For Deputy Superintendent Roland Walters, who heads the Trelawny Fire Department, the donated items could not have come at a better time as, over recent months, the department has been stretched to capacity on account of numerous traffic accidents in the parish.




"We are on a stretch of roadway with frequent accidents, especially in the Salt Marsh community," said Walters.

"Sometimes we have mass casualties and the stretchers are very critical in how we manage victims."

While Walters was generally pleased with the equipment his department received, he was particularly happy about the heat detector and defibrillator that have been added to his department's inventory.

"The heat detector helps us to better manage the amount of water used at a fire, as it allows us to pinpoint where exactly the fire is so that we can attack that area," he said.

"The defibrillator will help us to revive victims who have suffered a cardiac arrest. It will shock the heart and help it to begin working again."

David DeLucia, the Caribbean project co-ordinator for the Medical Relief Foundation, who has played a pivotal role in Global Surgery's interaction with the region, said the mission has been quite successful over the years and will continue for the foreseeable future.

"We are in our 10th year of operation and things are going great," said DeLucia.

"We have, over the years, made donations to various hospitals throughout Jamaica, and we intend to continue far into the future."