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Gov’t hopes to reopen fire station before June

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The Ministry of Communications and Works said government is hoping to reopen the Fire Station in Capoons Bay before June.

Permanent Secretary Anthony McMaster made the disclosure at a public meeting in the First District community of Carrot Bay last week.

“The government did provide the resources and we actually had gotten most of the equipment necessary to restore the fire station and we are in the process of doing the final works now to have it restored,” McMaster said.

“It is hoped that the station will be back in place at least before the next hurricane season,” he added.

Fire departments become particularly crucial during the hurricane season to conduct potential rescue operations.

In the meantime, McMaster’s statement comes at a time when government announced plans to get the territory ready for the 2018 hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1.

Like the Capoon’s Bay Fire Station, government is also getting the territory’s emergency shelters ready for the season, which is forecast to be active.

The Department of Disaster Management is expected to submit a hurricane Readiness Report to the Cabinet by Wednesday, February 21.

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  1. Seer says:

    “It is hoped that the station will be back in place at least before the next hurricane season,” I didn’t know a government that spend so recklessly always, hope and wish as it relates to much needed/mandatory projects. A fire station is essential on all the sister islands…..

  2. FIRST DISTRICT says:

    We heard this before and to date NOTHING!

  3. Hummmmm says:

    You mean to tell me we have not learnt lessons from Irmaria. The Capoons Bay fire station is in a flood plane and storm surge location. I would suggest you relocate the fire station to a much safer location before it is reopened.The road in the area of Bomba shack is usually impacted by storm surge during a hurricane.i can see the fire men evacuating their station before any hurricane due to the fact that the fire station is located in a low lying area.

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