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Sep 12, 2019

National Fire Service to Obtain Fire Truck from Government of India

Newly appointed fire chief, Colin Gillett, after having completed a tour of most of the National Fire Service’s facilities countrywide, says he is determined to have the service adequately equipped. The National Fire Service is seriously under-resourced with most stations equipped with age-old fire trucks. Minister of Transport Edmond Castro says that they are speaking with the Government of India to obtain a fire truck. However, that’s only one additional fire truck. We challenged Castro about the Government’s commitment to properly equip one of the essential services.

 

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO

“Getting the fire truck from India might pose a little bit of problems in terms of parts. So they will take to us today to see how best we can find a vehicle or fire trucks in this area that we will be able to have access to parts more readily available so we are constantly seeing how we can make the connections to improve the equipment that we need for fighting fire. More and more of our population are living and building houses in the Pine Ridge Area which his fire prone but we do not have the type of equipment to fight forest fire so for those people living in those areas, that also will pose some threats to us later on to assist those people because when it dries the sand is too soft for the trucks to maneuver and when rains come it also gets saggy and mucky.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir the National Fire Service is restricted when it comes to resources both capital and human resources and equipment. What has kept the government for three terms from properly equipping the service?”

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro

“I don’t think that your statement is quite accurate. I think it is under this administration that we have seen the most fire fighters that passed out. I think in my time, I think two or three. Under Melvin Hulse, I can think the same amount. So this is the most human capital that we have ever invested in the department.”

 


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