SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine:
The Spanish Town Fire and Prevention Department has expanded its services to the Portmore Municipality and Old Harbour. This became necessary due to the malfunctioning of the units in these areas.
According to Senior Deputy Superintendent Uron Burke, divisional head of the Jamaica Fire Brigade St Catherine Division, the Portmore unit was brought in to fill the gap created when the Spanish Town unit was taken to Linstead. Portmore, he said, can be serviced by Spanish Town and Trench Town. As such, he noted that the municipality functioning without a fire unit is not a major problem.
"The unit in Linstead was taken to the workshop to effect front-end repairs, and because of the difficulties experienced from time to time to service Linstead, this being a wide area extending to the St Mary and St Ann borders, we have to send the Spanish Town unit there," Burke told The Gleaner.
The Old Harbour unit, he explained, needed an engine, which has been procured and is being fitted in Kingston.
Burke disclosed that the parish saw a reduction in the number of fire calls for October. One hundred and forty-two fire calls were made, of which 108 were genuine as bush fires dominated. A total of 70 were responded to, and 13 calls were made for special services. He said the specialised unit is fully functional and was able to respond adequately to these special needs, which include accidents and medical problems in households and businessplaces.
Burke noted that the department will utilise the limited resources in the best possible way to deal with all emergencies, especially during the holiday period, where traditionally, there is an increase in fire calls.