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December 24, 2012
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Trench Town Fire Station rehabilitation completed

Rehabilitation work on the Trench Town Fire Station in St Andrew, which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development at a cost of just over $2 million, has been completed.

The station was closed earlier this year to facilitate reconstruction of the roof, after it was discovered that the original canopy was built from material containing asbestos, deemed a major health risk.

Medical analyses show that prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can result in scarring of the lungs, leading to a complication known as asbestosis, and lung cancer.

The services of the firm, Nocthline Traders Limited, were contracted to carry out the project, which was undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry's Technical Services team; the Jamaica Fire Brigade, private sector stakeholders; and residents of the neighbouring communities.

The scope of works included: removal, transportation and disposal of asbestos roofing tiles; vacuuming of existing timber frames to control remaining asbestos particles from becoming airborne; installation of new roofing material; repainting of the station's building; and minor electrical and plumbing work.

The station was officially re-opened during a rededication ceremony at the station's Spanish Town Road base on Wednesday.

Speaking at the ceremony, state minister for local government and community development, Colin Fagan, said the government moved swiftly to rectify the problem with the station's roof, once the challenge it posed for the firefighters became apparent.

"I am dedicated to ensuring the welfare of our firefighters and the care and upkeep of our firefighting facilities ... and (I am) pleased that the Ministry was able to play an integral role in the completion of this project," he said.

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