Jamaica Fire Brigade gets eight new trucks

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (right), speaks with MoBay Mayor Homer Davis (left) and Superintendent in Charge of the St James Fire Department, Dolphin Doeman, during a tour of the Barnett Street Fire Station construction project in St James, recently.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (right), speaks with MoBay Mayor Homer Davis (left) and Superintendent in Charge of the St James Fire Department, Dolphin Doeman, during a tour of the Barnett Street Fire Station construction project in St James, recently.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, says the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) will be getting an additional eight trucks to bolster the country’s firefighting capacity.

“We are providing eight brand-new trucks at a cost of over $400 million,” McKenzie said.

“When we take into consideration the trucks that we got from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) from the last financial year and this financial year, the Fire Brigade will have at least some 16 new trucks at its disposal, including water tankers.”

“We are providing eight brand-new trucks at a cost of over $400 million.”

— McKenzie

McKenzie was speaking to journalists after a recent tour of the Barnett Street Fire Station construction project in Montego Bay, St James.

JSIF is funding the works at a cost of $534.9 million under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Programme (DVRP).

The new fire station, which will have the capacity to house 200 firefighters, will replace the old Barnett Street facility that was demolished in 2006. Since then, firefighters have been operating from the Montego Freeport.