Work on Black River Fire Station to start

July 22, 2021
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,  Desmond McKenzie (centre), in a conversation with Acting Senior Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Black River Fire Station, Oneil Henry (left), during a tour of the Black River Fire Station renovation project on July 16. At right is Mayor of Black River, Councillor Derrick Sangster.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie (centre), in a conversation with Acting Senior Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Black River Fire Station, Oneil Henry (left), during a tour of the Black River Fire Station renovation project on July 16. At right is Mayor of Black River, Councillor Derrick Sangster.

Firefighters at the Black River Fire Station in St Elizabeth will be temporarily relocated to another facility to facilitate renovation work at their current base.

Desmond McKenzie, the minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said that work has been completed on phase one of the $60-million renovation of the station.

"The first phase includes building a perimeter fence, expanding the capacity of the drain and building a new facility to house fire trucks," he said.

The minister said that the work is now moving into phase two, which will see the firefighters being relocated "for a short period of time to facilitate the extensive work that is to take place". He said that the objective is to create "a well-equipped and responsive firefighting operation".

McKenzie said that once the renovation project has been completed, the parish will be receiving two brand-new units out of the 30 fire trucks that are being procured for the country.

Acting Senior Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Black River Fire Station, Oneil Henry, said that the project is already making a difference, noting that the firefighters are able to work more comfortably.

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