St. Elizabeth citizens left vulnerable by crippled fire dept

St. Elizabeth citizens left vulnerable by crippled fire dept

11 March 2006

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Jamaica — The St. Elizabeth Fire Department’s operations are now crippled. Only one of three trucks serving the parish isworking.

RJR News understands that the fire trucks at the Junction and Black River stations are out of service.

Both are suffering from overheating problems.

The situation was brought to light on Thursday night when assistance was sought from the Black River Fire Station to pry the body of a taxi driver from a wrecked car.

The firemen turned up in private cars at the accident scene.

Deputy Superintendent of the St. Elizabeth Fire Department, Homer Morris, said efforts are underway to have the trucks repaired.

He said in the meantime assistance is being sought from the Alpart bauxite company.

Since the start of the year, the St. Elizabeth Fire Department has been kept busy with a rash of bush fires.

There have been over 200 recorded bush fires in the parish since January 1.


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