Local firefighters may have to wait up to a year before their fire stations and equipment are repaired and replenished.
That is according to Minister of Communications and Works, Mark Vanterpool, who said that period may be less.
“We know that since Irma you’ve been working under very difficult constraints. We at the ministry will be working hard with you in the next not-too-distant future over the next couple of months to try to hopefully improve your situation here with your accommodation and also your situation with your equipment,” Vanterpool told fire officers in Road Town this week.
“Over the next three, six, 12 months we hope to seek funding to help you with that and to get you in a better stead. Certainly, your building that you’re in is … quite deplorable and we appreciate the conditions that you are working under. But we will try to see how quickly we can remedy that,” he added.
The minister had visited the Road Town-based fire station to express appreciation to firefighters for their work to put out the blaze at the R&R Malone Complex in Pockwood Pond at the weekend.
While responding to the minister, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon McLean said he recognised Vanterpool’s concern for the fire department.
“I think he (Vanterpool) has shown that even though he might not always be where he’d like to be – because he is a people person – he does care, as do all the other persons in the ministry and we appreciate that fact that we are appreciated,” McLean said.