Minister Benn bids farewell to Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Marlon Gentle

Georgetown, Guyana– Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn and Permanent Secretary, Ms. Mae Tussaint Jr. Thomas, on Wednesday January 3, 2021, said farewell to the Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Marlon Gentle DSM, who served the Guyana Fire Service for the past 36 years and has now retired.

Hon. Robeson Benn, Permanent Secretary, Ms. Mae Tussaint Jr. Thomas, Mr. Marlon Gentle.

At a simple ceremony held at the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) Headquarters, Minister Benn thanked Mr. Gentle for his dedicated service to Guyana, and for leaving the GFS with an overall improved outlook, inclusive of better systems, more assets, and better services, from what he inherited. The Minister noted that our responsibility is to ensure a better life is passed on to the next generation, than what we ourselves have inherited. He further encouraged the fire fighters to continue to build, optimise and improve their service to Guyana.

The head table at the farewell ceremony

Mr. Gentle in his outgoing remarks challenged the fire fighters to do better than him, to be their brothers and sisters’ keeper and to listen to each other. He stated that there is no ‘I’ in team in the Guyana Fire Service. He also charged the officers to support the new leadership of the GFS and to remember the requisite and prerequisite of discipline which is “Obedience to your Superiors and Consideration for your Subordinates”.

Mr. Gentle further expressed his gratitude to the Hon. Minister Benn, noting the helpful and cooperative nature of the Hon. Minister in working for the good of Guyana. He recalled the many occasions that Minister Benn during his tenure as Minister of Public Works, assisted him in his work as a fire fighter. These occasions were during the 2005 floods, the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital fire, and other fires on Regent Street, Georgetown.

Mr. Marlon Gentle DSM in the presence of the Hon. Minister Benn and Permanent Secretary Ms. Thomas, handed over the ceremonial colours to Mr. Kalamadeen Edoo who now has responsibility for the noble office of Chief Fire Offer.

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