Freeport Fire Station Upgrade

Since 2006, the Barnett Street Fire Station became derelict and was demolished to facilitate the construction of a modern state of the art building. Consequently, this rented facility at Freeport has been used as a temporary home for the fire fighters; however, Freeport has been suffering from several physical problems. Some of the challenges at the location are overcrowding, lack of basic amenities, pest infestation and dust nuisance. A Jamaica Fire Brigade Task Force was therefore commissioned by the Honorable State Minister Colin Fagan, chaired by Mr. Horace Reid to tackle the problems being faced at the Freeport Fire Station. In its efforts to alleviate the current conditions at the temporary location, the task force successfully secured at least two (2) forty foot containers with the objectives of designing and building a substantial temporary infrastructure facility in a concerted effort to be used as barracks for Female fire Fighters and Officers in an attempt to solve the over overcrowding and shared space issues

Scope of Work

The scope of work included the following: • Construction of over 1000 sq.ft of living space • Bathroom facility for both females and officers • Kitchenette • Locker room • Watch commanders office • Porch • Installation of A/C in specific office • Installation of furniture Over 20 staff members are expected to benefit from the newly constructed facilities and will find themselves better able to carry out the Brigades' mandate.

Partnership

The completion of this eagerly awaited project was accomplished with funding provided by the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development and through coherent collaboration between the Ministry, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Corporate entities and the general citizenry. "It is only through partnerships that we could launch successful projects like this as is evident here today • Mr. John Valentine, Manager of Premix Jamaica Limited pledged and donated 15 Cu. yds of concrete amounting to more than quarter of million Jamaican dollars in savings • Zim Integrated Shipping Services, donated both containers for the project amounting to more than half of a million Jamaican dollars in savings • Quality Dealers limited also came on board and gave a significant discount in the cost of the roofing tiles. • Skilled firefighters from St. Elizabeth and St. James contributed valuable time and effort and installed this entire roof canopy, ceiling bed, kitchen cupboard and all other concrete and painting work, this I can assure you will have positive implications for sustainability with the service.

"The business community here in St. James must support the local fire service as the best projects are those with community support."

Each of the firefighters assigned to this Division must therefore accept responsibility for ensuring that the building is properly maintained so that future generations can benefit from this partnership."

Cost of project

As a cost saving initiative, fire fighters with the requisite competencies were identified by the project manager and their skills utilized on the project. With their intervention and endowment from stakeholders, the project cost Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,700,000). Minister, this is One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) less than what was actually budgeted for.

Implementation / Oversight

Although oversight was given by the technical services team, Ministry of Local Government & Community Development. The project was thoroughly monitored by the Brigade's Building Officer to ensure that: • It was kept within budget • It was completed against the descriptions and rates specified • Work was done according to brigade's standard and that • All deliverables were undertaken with the interest of the Firefighters at heart.

Project Status

Today, as project manager, I have reported to the commissioner, that the expansion of this project has been successfully completed and at his discretion we are here. In addition to this infrastructure work, I charge you Minister that very soon we will gather in this fashion at the opening of a modernized, state of the art fire station at Barnett Street and the commissioning of a fire boat which will also be the catalyst in improving emergency response within the parameters of the town of Montego Bay.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade must say thanks to thit's Building Team and the Technical Services Team at the Ministry for their commitment and support and encourage you to continue to work hard.

The JFB looks forward to continued collaboration with community groups and corporate Jamaica in designing solutions that will move the country forward as we strive for the modernization and transformation of the Fire Brigade into a world class Fire and Rescue Service. Highlights......
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