Dalvey, Golden Grove residents plead for fire station
Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Residents of Dalvey and Golden Grove, St Thomas are pleading for a fire station in their area.
This after fire destroyed sugar cane valued at more than J$1 million and a house in Cheswick, also in the Dalvey area, on separate occasions this month.
The sugar crop was owned by the Duckenfield Sugar Factory, while the house was occupied by one man, who is now homeless. The dwelling was valued at J$700,000.
Councillor for the Dalvey division, Michael McLeod, says he has made several appeals to the St Thomas Parish Council for a fire station or post to be established in Golden Grove, citing the 16-mile distance between the Morant Bay fire station and the community as a major setback.
He says in many instances, firefighters arrive too late to the scene of fires and so can only carry out cooling down exercises when they arrive.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the St Thomas Parish Council, Deputy Superintendent Denzil Roper, said the Fire Department was facing major challenges with limited resources and personnel, but that efforts were being made to effectively service the Dalvey division promptly. He added that the poor road and water conditions in the area, particularly in remote areas, also affect the response of the fire services.
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