Fire Chief Elvis Weaver has responded to reports of a shortage of fire tenders, admitting the current number is inadequate and that the Government had promised to purchase more.
On the weekend, a number of pictures went into circulation, showing an area where several old, rundown or abandoned fire trucks are located. It is being referred to as a fire truck graveyard.
Chief Weaver says there are only two fire trucks to service the entire island, minus those that have to be stationed at the international airport to maintain its Category 1 standard.
The Fire Chief says this situation is not ideal, and the Fire Service requires at least another four properly working tenders to man the entire island and a separate water tanker, as well.
Weaver says the Government has promised that the Fire Department would be equipped with the resources that are required to do its job. However, he says that no time frame has been given — only an assurance that this would be done shortly.
Meanwhile, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. George, Algernon “Serpent” Watts, is expressing disgust at the Government’s continued neglect of the Fire Department – and of the Police Force in general.