Cabinet Approves Purchase of Additional Fire Trucks and Tankers to Meet Growing Needs

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The Cabinet invited both the Fire Chief and his Deputy to its meeting in order to address the growing needs of the State, which translate into the provision of additional firetrucks for the Fire Department.

As more housing and more shopping malls and office buildings are constructed across the country, the greater is the demand on the Fire Service.

The distances of buildings in villages from the Fire Department, the larger the number of trucks required if response time is to be reduced.

The firefighters explained that the larger the firetrucks and their water-bearing capacity, the slower they move and the more difficulty their drivers experience maneuvering on Antigua’s narrow streets.

Hence, the firefighters provided recommendations for increases in water tank trucks with a carrying capacity of 2,500 gallons, connected to the Fire Departments stations; and, firetrucks that carry up to 1,000 gallons of water.

The Cabinet agreed to five additional firetrucks, one each for St. John’s, Cobbs Cross, All Saints, Johnson’s Point, and one for the Airport. Two tankers will also be purchased for the Fire Department.

The Cabinet also discussed fill-up points for the trucks and the tankers.

It was agreed that more such points will have to be created in order to ensure that the vehicles are always in a state of readiness.

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