Ocho Rios firefighters to get some comfort

September 22, 2021
A firefighter at the Ocho Rios Fire Station sits on one of several benches that have been made by the firemen.
A firefighter at the Ocho Rios Fire Station sits on one of several benches that have been made by the firemen.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is to give the Ocho Rios Fire Station in St Ann a much-needed facelift.

Portfolio minister Desmond McKenzie, during a visit to the station last Friday, tasked the St Ann Municipal Corporation to effect immediate repairs to the station, noting that the objective is to create a "more comfortable environment for the firefighters".

"As a mark of respect and to show gratitude, we will, as soon as the necessary estimates are completed, have some facelifting of the location to allow those who are here to come into an environment that is conducive, and it at least will take away some of the daily challenges they face," McKenzie said.

McKenzie journeyed to the fire station to offer condolences to the colleagues of two young firefighters who lost their lives in a motor vehicle crash in Laughlands, St Ann, on September 13.

Those killed have been identified as Alex Williams and Stefan Walters.

Meanwhile, the facility will be getting new roofing, a fresh coat of paint and new furnishings. Work to remove overgrown shrubs from the station compound is slated to commence this week.

Julian Davis-Buckle, assistant commissioner in charge of the Area 2 fire department, welcomed the announced upgrade, stating that it will lead to an improvement in the morale of the firefighters.

"His visit and touring our station and commitment to assist with our renovations making the station a bit more comfortable for the firefighters is beyond mention. We really appreciate it and we look forward to the fulfilment of those promises to ensure the firefighters enjoy coming from home to home," she said.

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