The government will purchase a fire truck each to serve the Georgetown and North Leeward areas.
“I was very concerned that a conurbation like Georgetown didn’t have a fire truck and the same thing down on the leeward side,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told a press conference last week.
“And I told you that we are going to buy two. Well, they are supposed to be here at the end of November. They cost US$600,000,” he said, adding that the vehicles will arrive at the end of November.
“They were assessed to be by the people from fire, the technical people, that they will be useful,” the prime minister said.
Currently, a fire truck is dispatched from Kingstown to respond to a blaze anywhere in St. Vincent, where the distances from Kingstown are at times in excess of 20 miles.
“Sometimes you have some very small fires — house, where even by the time the big fire tender comes from town, the place burn down. A lot of small houses and the like. So this is what we have purchased to help to strengthen that.”
He said this was being done in consultation with Central Water and Sewerage Authority to ensure there are proper facilities for the hydrants “and upping our game in that regard”.