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Works on fire substations across the BVI progressing

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Repairs to several substations of the Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue Service across the territory are expected to be completed in 2020.

This is according to Works Minister Kye Rymer who gave an update in a recent session of the House of Assembly.

“The first phase of the works on the Road Town Fire Station is completed and the second phase — the Barracks — is expected to commence very early in the first quarter of 2020. This together with the third phase — the Bay — should be completed during the fourth quarter of 2020,” Minister Rymer stated.

He added: “The East End/Long Look fire station is very near completion. This station has been completely refurbished with a new roof, new floor, fresh paint on the inside and outside, new air condition unit and floor unit.”

Minister Rymer further said the fire station in Capoon’s Bay is also nearing completion. He said roller shutters are the last items to be installed on to the building.

He also said works will soon commence for fire stations on all the sister islands.

“The bill of quantities have been completed, contracts drafted and contractors selected for the fire stations on Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada,” Rymer said.

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  1. No nonsense says:

    And the main one in town aint finish and when it rain as if Irma come back…lol!!

  2. Diaspora says:

    After a major disaster strikes, the response/recovery priority should be health/safety/security, property, infrastructure, education, economy…….etc. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two monster storms, and a 500-year flood, struck the VI hard in Sep and Aug 2017, respectively. The territory was devastated with approx $3.2B damages. Nonetheless, IMO the territory was slow off the mark in its response and recovery effort. It was not as ready and prepared as it needed to be. A large dose of complacency may have been a factor/sine qua none in the lethargic response/recovery. Despite the slow recovery, some green shoots are observable. However, with an average $300M budget and a $1B GDP, the BVI should have had more in an unreserved disaster fund to deal with inevitable disasters. Are resiliency and sustainability being built into the rebuilding effort?

  3. Road Engineer says:

    This look like dated photo. Hope that the elevation of the foundation was raised; the base flood elevation (BFE) needs to be raised for buildings in low lying and flood prone areas. Additionally, a 2’ freed board should be added. With the delay in repairing buildings, the opportunity should be taken to construct facilities with built in resiliency, sustainability…..etc.

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