Gen­tle sees ma­jor boost from US$1.4M fire­boat

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

The planned US$1.4M fire boat which will be sta­tioned at the De­mer­ara Har­bour will be a ma­jor boost to the Guyana Fire Ser­vice (GFS).

This was stated by the Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Mar­lon Gen­tle dur­ing an in­ter­view with the De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI).

An­gloco Limited, a com­pany based in the United King­dom, is con­struct­ing the ves­sel. The Fire Chief de­scribed the ves­sel’s con­struc­tion as “mon­u­men­tal”. Guyana last pos­sessed a fire boat in 1978.

Gen­tle pointed out that over the years there has been much de­vel­op­ment of Guyana’s wa­ter­fronts which war­ranted the need for the fire­boat.

“It her­alds the need for this type of equip­ment so that we can have some sort of port pro­tec­tion for our stor­age, our wharves, ware­houses and so on the wa­ter­front, and also a fire­boat is also a very use­ful piece of equip­ment for shore sup­port in terms of land base fire­fight­ing op­er­a­tions”, the Fire Chief said.

Gen­tle said that the ves­sel will im­prove the GFS’s marine fire­fight­ing and re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity as it will be able to pump in ex­cess of 5,000 gal­lons of wa­ter per minute.

Gen­tle told DPI that the ves­sel, “will take some­where be­tween nine and ten months to com­plete. In the mean­time, the GFS is mulling other fa­cil­i­ties that will have to sup­port this ves­sel in terms of berthing fa­cil­i­ties and the staffing.

The fire ves­sel’s con­struc­tion is one of the GFS’s ma­jor projects out of the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get.

Mar­lon Gen­tle

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