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Oct 10, 2018

What About Fire Hydrants and Water Pressure?

Edmond Castro

According to Castro, they have been able to locate used fire trucks for a fraction of the cost elsewhere in the United States.  They are now looking into the possibility of purchasing and shipping those vehicles to Belize.


Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister

“We sourced some fire trucks, I think, I can’t quote, don’t quote me on the exact state in the U.S., that is about ten thousand dollars for some used fire trucks that we are in the process of looking at those so that we can see if we can purchase some of those as well.”



“In addition to fire trucks, another issue is access to water.  The recent Orange Walk fire where that family of four passed away, one of the major flaws is that fire hydrants were not easily accessible or nearby.  Is that something that you’re going to be discussing with BWSL for example?”


Edmond Castro

“Yes, but when you look at the fire hydrants throughout the country, San Pedro, for example, the volume of water is not there for the quantity of water that needs to be dispensed in the fighting of fire… because of the water service.  That is one of the reason that if we could come up with some water bowsers, some three thousand gallon water bowsers, most of these fire trucks only carry a capacity of about three hundred gallons.  So if we could have a bowser on scene, on site, we’re looking at an additional, like ten fire trucks, eight to ten fire trucks there in terms of the capacity or the volume water.  So I think that is the way that we are trying to go.”

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