The town of Port Maria in St Mary should have a $217-million state-of-the-art fire station in 12 months. It is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
The contract for the project was signed on October 22 at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in St Andrew.
The facility will house up to 80 firefighters and serve more than 100,000 residents in the parish, as well as persons in the neighbouring parishes of St Ann and Portland.
It will also serve as a venue for regional conferences and training sessions for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).
In addition, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, said that the facility will be of “significant benefit to the people of Jamaica”.
McKenzie also disclosed that the JFB will be getting 10 new trucks in December.