New Fire Units

On Friday July 18, 2014, the Jamaica Fire Brigade commissioned three (03) additional fire units, this venture is to boost the existing fleet of emergency vehicles within the fire brigade and to enhance service delivery to the citizens of Jamaica.

Background

At present, the country is experiencing severe drought conditions and these units could not have arrived at a better time than now to assist the JFB to effectively and efficiently tackle and prevent fires from growing dangerous and sometimes life threatening which often resulted in terrible dilemma across the Island. By acquiring these state of the art appliances, they will aids the Department's greatest challenges and will better equipped the fire Service to be more responsive offering improved fire protection in housing, industrial and commercial developments in the country.

Firefighting in Jamaica is an ultra-hazardous and dangerous activity hence, having the right type of equipment and apparatus in place to offer this type of service is very important, consequently, these sophisticated units were designed to specification in order to suit our local terrain.

Specifications

• They are four wheel drive vehicles.

• They are capable of driving and pumping water at the same time, the first of its kind to be used at any fire station in Jamaica.

• Capable of pumping at a discharge rate of over 700 g /min.

• The new trucks were built with air-conditioned cab and breathing apparatus sets.

• They also have monitors to the front with a throw of 150 ft. (at 100 psi), which can produce over 700 gallons of water per min. This will definitely enable fire fighters to work more efficiently in carrying out their duties.

The purchasing of these eagerly awaited trucks and their equipment was accomplished with funding provided by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development. In keeping with the government procurement guidelines and after a rigorous and timely bidding process, these units were acquired at a cost One Hundred and Thirty Three Million Dollars ($133 million).

These units will be strategically placed across the island; they will be dispatched to the Portmore, Stony Hill and May Pen Fire Station.

Consequent to the commissioning of these units, the truck that is presently at the Stony Hill Fire Station will be transferred to the Yallahs Fire Station and the truck presently at May Pen Fire Station will be transferred to Junction Fire Station.


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