Ja­maica Fire Brigade to get new trucks

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE GOVERN­MENT has signed a US$987,822 con­tract with Rosen­bauer for the ac­qui­si­tion of two new trucks for the Ja­maica Fire Brigade.

The units, which are slated to be in the is­land by next year, will be built in Minneapolis, United States, at the fa­cil­i­ties of Rosen­bauer Amer­ica.

Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Des­mond McKen­zie; Com­mis­sioner of the Ja­maica Fire Brigade Er­rol Mowatt; and CEO, Na­tional Safety Lim­ited and di­rec­tor, Rosen­bauer, Ju­lian Tem­pler, signed the con­tract at the min­istry’s Ha­gley Park Road of­fices last week.

In his re­marks, McKen­zie said the trucks will boost the Fire Brigade’s ex­ist­ing fleet.

“The trucks will be pre-or­dered, and they do take some time to get here, (but) be­cause of the re­la­tion­ship that ex­ists be­tween the lo­cal com­pany and the for­eign com­pany, we are hop­ing that we will get it a lit­tle bit ahead of sched­ule,” he said.

McKen­zie noted that this sym­bol­ises one of the im­prove­ments that will be un­der­taken to sup­port the Ja­maica Fire Brigade in ex­e­cut­ing their du­ties.


Other im­prove­ments, he said, in­clude the com­mence­ment of work on one of the three new fire sta­tions that will be con­structed in St James, St Thomas and St Mary and the ac­qui­si­tion of safety and se­cu­rity gear, among other things.

Mean­while, Mowatt said the trucks will be de­ployed based on the needs of each divi­sion, when they ar­rive in the is­land.

He ar­gued that the units will im­prove the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Ja­maica Fire Brigade to bet­ter re­spond to the needs of the cit­i­zenry.

Com­mis­sioner Mowatt in­formed that very shortly, a sim­i­lar con­tract will be signed for two ad­di­tional trucks.

For his part, Tem­pler said the ‘pumper trucks’ are specif­i­cally de­signed for the Ja­maican cir­cum­stances and the op­er­a­tions of the Ja­maican Fire Brigade.

He pointed out that Rosen­bauer’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Ja­maica be­gan in 1984.

Rosen­bauer Min­nesota, LLC, one of Rosen­bauer Amer­ica’s four pro­duc­tion cen­tres, is lo­cated in Wy­oming. The plant spe­cialises in cus­tom ve­hi­cles, and tech­ni­cally de­mand­ing fire ser­vice trucks, which are man­u­fac­tured ac­cord­ing to in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer re­quire­ments.


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