Jamaica to spend $126m for fire trucks

October 13, 2016
Cabinet has given approval for the purchase of two fire trucks.

The fleet of fire trucks on the island is set to be increased by two as the Government has approved the award of a $126.9-million contract to purchase the units.

"The purchase is being undertaken to address the issue of insufficient firefighting units, mainly pumpers, which has been impeding the brigade's capacity to effectively carry out its operations," a document tabled in Parliament said.

A 2014 performance audit of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), which was undertaken by the Auditor General's Department, indicates that 36 per cent of the fleet of emergency vehicles were out of service.

At May 2014, brigade's fleet of emergency vehicles, including pumpers, water tankers and fireboats, stood at 75, of which 31 were out of service, some for periods of up to six years. Consequently, the JFB was unable to deploy a pumper to four fire stations.

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