Government has pledged to assist the local fire department in acquiring new equipment to help improve their daily functions.
Minister with oversight for the Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue department Kye Rymer gave that indication while commending the department for acting swiftly to contain and extinguish a bush fire that was near to the residence of Mr and Mrs Simon Potter of Meyers Estate on May 8.
“I must say congratulations to those guys (the fire officers). They worked hand in hand, they worked together,” the minister said.
“We must also acknowledge the Potters, for giving us the ability to use their home and their cisterns, for use of water,” he added.
The Minister who was present on the scene of the incident said he believes more equipment including water pumps and communication devices are needed and assured the department that it has the support of the ministry to procure the necessary items.
Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon McLean warned the public on the dangers of starting controlled fires. He said researchers have found that most bush fires are caused as a result of these controlled fires.
McLean believes the public should refrain from burning; especially in the dry season.
“The island has the potential to have uncontrollable fires,” he said.