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Gov't addressing shortage of protective equipment for firefighters

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:44 PM
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The Government has moved to address the shortage of protective equipment for the island's firefighters.

Contracts totalling US$1,270,203.11, inclusive of General Consumption Tax, has been approved by cabinet to Bell Safety Limited for the supply of the equipment.

The contracts cover 350 firefighters protective clothing and 99 self-contained breathing apparatus.

Cabinet explained that the Jamaica Fire Brigade is experiencing critical shortages of protective clothing and bunker gear.

It said that the need for protective gear is amplified as the brigade has embarked on increased recruitment for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Meanwhile, cabinet has approved a contract valued at US$2.2 million to J.R. Wellington Import/Export Corporation by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund for the supply and delivery of four pumper trucks for the fire brigade.

The procurement will form a part of the Jamaica Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project which is funded through a Government of Jamaica and World Bank loan agreement which was signed in July 2016.

Details of the contracts were disclosed in ministry papers which were recently tabled in parliament.

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