Close to $800,000 is being pumped into the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services to purchase new trucks and equipment for the department.
Members of Cabinet approved funds in the sum of $788,310 when they met on November 1.
Specifically, the money will be spent to purchase six fire trucks, five rapid response appliances, and what is known as a ‘rear pumper’.
This equipment is to boost the capabilities of the fire department, which has been described as being insufficiently resourced.
According to Cabinet’s latest report, the equipment is to be purchased instead of the three fire trucks they previously approved.
Minister of Communications and Works Mark Vanterpool claimed back in July that they had placed the purchase order for three trucks valuing a combined total of $230,000.
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