Two more fire tenders arrive in Antigua and Barbuda from the United Kingdom


The Fire Brigade will now have an expanded fleet after two more tenders arrived in the island Monday morning, this time from the United Kingdom.

The refurbished units purchased by the Government are being cleared from the Port in St John’s.

A third unit purchased from the UK, a new one, is scheduled to arrive in the island next month.

The arrival of these two units comes hot on the heels of two from the United States reaching the island in recent weeks and the donation of another from the Peace Love and Happiness or PLH Project in Barbuda.

It means the Brigade can carry out its duties more effectively.

Firefighters were praised over the weekend for their quick response to a fire at a warehouse; so impressed was the proprietor he has promised to donate another unit to the Brigade.

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  1. Great news having so many different brands of vehicles parts and service will have to be looked at carefully. Since these are all used units from UK and US ensure you have adequate stock of spares, especially service filters, suspension and brakes replacent parts

    • Very thoughtful comment. Maintenance will be an issue. Should have been same truck from either US or UK.

    • Exactly.

      Unfortunately the public sectors history on MAINTENANCE of gifts and shiny new things is woeful.
      Paul’s point is well taken. Just wait for this mish-mash of trucks to grind to a halt because ‘waiting on parts’ ‘ parts not made anymore’ ‘ it’s broken’.

      I’m delighted fire service are getting donations; maybe the 2 recent offers could collaborate and buy one NEW truck?

  2. It took a crisis for the government to act? How do they run the country? All this time they knew we didn’t have adequate protection. What did they expect to happen in the event of a fire? Those responsible should be severely reprimanded. I’m talking jail time for many years. All the way up the chain.

    • A*$#ole the fire trucks were looked at in 2019 but then the world closed down because of a Pandemic…. are you people for real?
      The fire department lost 3 fire trucks during the same period of the Pandemic

  3. Hmmm 2004 fire truck in 2022, they having a laugh. I know somebody profit big from this deal, unless it was a donation.

    • Could be very profitable if being resold. This truck would retail for around $7500-9000 US being a 2004 Model. These would be fully serviced on time.
      If it has had a full refurb, no idea on the pricing, but its unlikely, as these were direct from Evems in the UK. Its sisters EU54 ZVC/D (would have been the same local authority) are currently on sale, and are listed as 4 engines. The two with odomoters pictured have 150,000 and 210,000KM, which for this type of truck is not that bad, but they do get driven harder than the standard models.
      The one pictured formally served in Hertfordshire.

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