(ZIZ News) – Fire Station Officer, Lennox Griffin believes the commissioning of the two new fire trucks, in St. Kitts, will significantly boost the capabilities of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services, as it seeks to ensure the safety of all.
“The commissioning of these two appliances today is testimony to the pledge of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to continue to support the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services and assure that our vision of ensuring a better equipped fire and rescue services with modern equipment responsive to the needs of the public is achieved,” he said, while adding that the appliances will greatly enhance the fire-fighting capabilities of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services and reduce response time to fires and emergencies.
This, he said, will create greater opportunities for saving lives and property.
FSO Griffin said while the new vehicles will improve the organization’s effectiveness, the responsibility still lies with fire officers to keep residents safe.
“These new appliances cannot reduce fires by themselves,” said FSO Griffin. “The onus therefore lies with us to continue to protect the people and investment through effective public education and also strict enforcement of safety and fire prevention precautions.”
He encouraged everyone to “continue to mitigate the negative effects of fire outbreaks in our communities and on the countries socio-economic development, as we seek to create a future-ready St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services.”
The government of St. Kitts and Nevis bought the trucks at a cost of two million dollars.
One would be dispatched to the Sandy Point Fire Station for use in that area, while the other will be stationed in Basseterre.