Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr.Reynold Hadaway, second from right, receiving a fire suit from Clyde Mofford, a manager at C.K. Greaves & Co.Ltd, left, and Don Carrera, Captain of the Ajax Fire Department, second from left.

The local Fire Department on Tuesday received a set of fire fighter suits donated by Ajax Fire Department, Canada.

Local firm C.K. Greaves & Co. Ltd., facilitated the donation by contacting the Ajax Fire Department and negotiating the donation.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Reynold Hadaway, said he is optimistic that the fire fighter suits donated will assist members of the fire department in delivering a higher level of professionalism.

At the handing over ceremony at the Central Police Station, in Kingstown, Hadaway said that notwithstanding the challenges brought on by the global economic recession, it is welcoming receive the C.K. Greaves & Co.Ltd and Ajax Fire Department partnership.

Hadaway reminded the gathering that fire fighting is a very challenging task and applauded the members of the Fire Department for their service.

Clyde Mofford, a manager at C.K. Greaves & Co. Ltd, said the donation is one avenue by which the company fulfils its corporate responsibility — by assisting the police needed equipment.

Mofford said CEO of C.K. Greaves, Nigel Greaves, was instrumental in liaising with Sheldon Bonadie, an Ajax Fire Department fire fighter of Vincentian heritage, in sourcing the fire fighter suits.

On average, a new fire fighter suit with headgear costs approximately US$1,200.

Don Carrera, Captain of the Ajax Fire Department, said due to changes in the United States and Canada standards for fire service, his organization had to change their fire fighting suits. He said the backup suits in stock used previously are the ones that were donated to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and they are “in perfect shape”.

Hadaway received a token from the Ajax Fire Department, while Assistant Commissioner of Police Frankie Joseph gave a plaque of appreciation to Bonadie on behalf of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

4 replies on “Canadian fire fighters give suits to Vincentian counterparts”

  1. Well done Nigel, Vincentians should be proud of you in not just doing this good deed, but also in being able to turn the other cheek.

    When you consider the spite and malice that has been aimed against C. K. Greaves Ltd in the past by this Marxist regime, I congratulate you in your Christian behaviour in turning the other cheek and rising above the regime hatred of you and your successful business.

    It is great that you are able to differentiate between helping the Vincentian people and helping this nasty regime.

  2. Truly positive, this. Aside from good corporate citizenship and aiming directly at the needs of the Vincentian public, in some quarters, it is called “heaping coals of fire on the head” with the intention of letting it smoulder.

  3. Patrick Ferrari says:

    Mr. Binose, regarding your first post, C.K. Greaves do a ton of good, year after year for the Vincentian community – especially with schools.

    They just don’t blow their trumpet.

    As for your second comment, “Will the fire crews at Argyle get government paid suits?” They have no choice. It is not their decision. They will be told how school is going to keep and it would not going go be government standards. Case in point #1: the fire service and fire gear/equipment.
    The manana attitude would be expunged. A bulb on the runway is out, it is replaced stat. Same with a rip in the fence … and with all else of any consequence.

    I’ve always said, building the airport is the easy part. When it is finished, it would almost like handing it over to someone with higher standards, who will then be passing orders. Carry out or else.

    Construction finishes whenever. Maintenance has no end, and as long as we want planes that are owned by private enterprise to come and go – on time – we do as we are told. Or else.

    It is a different mentality altogether. Case in point #2: Look at how they do not clear gutters and look at the damage the rain does.

    Sometime ago, no long at all, I brought up in a column I write, and supported with pictures a manana approach to a log blocking the gutter above the ETJ Airport. They left it there, moved it only after it caused a problem. And they moved it to where it can roll back to recreate the problem. I have no doubt they will eventually move it after it causes the same problem a second time.

    Manana manana manana … until foreigners run the international airport to international standards.

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