Firefighter shortage at Nevis to be addressed by year end – As World class fire tender commissioned at Nevis Airport

Head of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services Mr. Hester Rawlins assured Nevisians the shortage of manpower would be addressed before year end.

Rawlins made this disclosure at a recent ceremony held by the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA) to commission a new EC$1.5million dollar fire tender at the airport in Newcastle on Nevis.

Mr. Rawlins addressed the issue of training which he said was critical to the Fire fighting service and urged the authorities to treat it with utmost seriousness.

The Head applauded the Nevis Island Administration for its decision to purchase a fire tender and described it as significant.

Meanwhile – Nevisian Leader Joseph Parry, cut the ribbon to commission the top of the line E1 Titan 6×6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting appliance at Newcastle.

The event which took place against the backdrop of distant lightning and thunder signaled the increased operating standard of the traveling facility to the new level 8, up from level 5.

An elated Premier said the US$575,000 new fire tender was a demonstration of willingness of the Nevis reformation Party-led Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to spend money, to ensure that the airport would remain open at all times and to avoid a recurrence of the events of January 27 to February 13 2008, which left the facility?s operations level downgraded, due to crippling engine problems with the only fire tender stationed there. A problem he said that had been inherited from the former administration.

Mr. Parry also urged Nevisians to join the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and rescue Services, he commended all who ensured that the services at the airport were restored quickly but pointed to personnel at the Fire Services Department who he said had been operating in trying circumstances.

The Premier indicated that future plans included a truck in Charlestown and an extension of the Fire Services to the areas of Newcastle and Gingerland because there was the need for quick response and to give full service to the island.

Moments before the keys of the new fire tender were handed over by Manager of Customer Services, Argo American Inc. Mr. Stefan Williams, he said it was an honour to work on the project.

He referred to the new fire tender as a symbol of Nevis? future growth and congratulated Nevis for its investment.

Mr. Williams further stated his Company would continue to work with the Fire and Rescue Services on Nevis, to ensure the staff had the necessary training to operate and maintain the new fire tender.

Argo American Inc. has worked solely in the Caribbean for the past 25 years and had worked closely with the Nevis Electricity Company Ltd. for the past 10 years having provided equipment, training and maintenance.

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