Five fire trucks handed over to GFS

The Guyana Fire Service has received five fire trucks from the Ministry of Home Affairs to enhance its capacity.

Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn MP

Minister, Robeson Benn MP, presented the keys to the trucks to Acting Chief Fire Officer, Kalamadeen Edoo. The handing over ceremony was held at the Ministry’s headquarters on Brickdam, Georgetown.

Minister Benn said the units will help to improve the services being provided.

“These new assets are supposed to go into action to help us to get further on top of the incidents of fire in Guyana. To make significant improvements in terms of the resources and the training in respect of mitigating, preventing, fighting, reducing the questions of fires.”

The fire trucks are to be distributed to the newly commissioned fire stations in Eccles, Mabaruma, Lethem, Mahdia and Essequibo.

The Acting Chief Fire Officer expressed gratitude for the trucks.  

“I am happy as the Chief Fire Officer, happy and delighted to receive these fire trucks on behalf of the Guyana Fire Service from the Government of Guyana. It shows the commitment and the sacrifice and dedication that the Government sees to the improvement of the fire department so that we can be able to deliver when we are called upon in an efficient and timely manner,” he said.

Minister Robeson Benn MP, Acting Chief Fire Officer Kalamadeen Edoo and fire officers

Meanwhile, Minister Benn said the Central Fire Station will be relocated to D’Urban Park by the third quarter of next year.

“We are indeed going to be relocating the Central Fire Station from its indeed historic position at Stabroek in Georgetown, the new fire headquarters will be along Homestretch Avenue at D’Urban Park. There are over three acres of land allocated by the Government.” Minister Benn said Cabinet has given its approval and construction will commence following land filling this year.

Trucks received by the Guyana Fire Service