Antigua and Barbuda gets yet another fire truck



The fleet of the fire brigade has been bolstered with another fire tender which arrived in the country this week.

The unit is the second of two purchased by the Government from the United States.

The first purchased from the US had arrived in May.

This latest unit comes less than two weeks after the donation of a fire tender to the brigade from the principals of the Peace Love and Happiness or PLH project in Barbuda.

Meanwhile, two of the three fire tenders the Government has purchased from the United Kingdom are expected to arrive in the country on Friday.

The third, which is a new unit, is scheduled to arrive next month.

The authorities say the beefing up of the brigade’s fleet is an indication of their commitment to the safety of residents.

There had been a firestorm of concern in some quarters of the public earlier this year regarding the number of working units for the brigade.

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  1. Ahh, this type of fire truck was removed from use in 2009 in the US! It’s actually banned in most states because it’s so unreliable. It wasn’t able to operate of a standard US hydrant as the internal PRV (pressure reducing valve) typically fails and the internal pump starts to cavitate rendering it useless. Anyhow, I suppose Antigua has no fire standards so let’s hope that part doesn’t fail…

    • You’re right we have no fire standards or working fire hydrants. This looks like moving a fire truck from one dump to the other. Why can’t we get better equipment in this economic power house? We deserve better!

  2. Is anyone really surprised that we’ve received discontinued fire trucks, not only from America, but also from the United Kingdom as well.

    The recent fires on the island has shown that a couple these fire trucks aren’t fit for purpose.

    What next? Unused and discarded vaccines being sent to us as well … Oh, but wait!

  3. Why the hell the economic powerhouse cannot purchase new, appropriate and reliable fire trucks. All these second hand trucks is JOKE THEY JOKING

  4. Too much greed among the politicians as fire trucks are big ticket items and the cute one must get richer, These fire trucks don’t suit Antigua as the water capacity couldn’t out a burning drum. I know for a fact the correct trucks for the island was quoted by a car dealership but because the cut wasn’t big enough for the politicians it was refused. Shame shame, but Robin son must get rich too. Poor Gaston, thinks he knows everything! Lol!

  5. Is this really news? Why the Nation did not have Fire Trucks to begin with. Poor Management, poor Leadership’s, blowing hot air and nothing else.

  6. This story should be about the subject matter.

    Kindly provide the specs for the machine, including value and expected life span.

    Thank ýou ANR.

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