The Barbados Fire Service fleet of vehicles has been augmented with two new tenders valued at two million dollars.
And one of the vehicles, which has a multimedia set up, was specifically designed to tackle serious incidents in The City, especially at the Hastings and Spring Garden points where there are a number of special risk installations.
The vehicles were manufactured by Angloco Limited, a British company that designs, manufactures and supplies fire-fighting and rescue vehicles and equipment.
“This vehicle is equipped to deal with almost any incident that we have in that area. And we want to thank Angloco thursday morning for working with us over the years to produce such a vehicle,” newly appointed Fire Chief Errol Maynard said during the handing over of the vehicles at the Probyn Street Station.
Maynard said while the cost of the vehicles might appear to be high, it was important to note that all fire fighting equipment is costly but necessary.
“Every piece of equipment the Barbados Fire Service receives we conduct training on that equipment. On this vehicle there [are] a number of new type Jaws of Life, and also even the driving of the vehicle we will have to train the guys to do [that],” he said.
“As I understand the multimedia vehicle will be stationed here at Bridgetown because it was specifically designed to protect Bridgetown. The water tender is designated to be at Arch Hall Fire Station,” Maynard added.
Angloco representative Dave Stone explained that said the multimedia vehicle has a capacity of 2,000 litres of foam and 3,000 litres of water, which will fully cover any serious incidents at the airport or other areas.
“We thank the Fire Service for keeping the faith with Angloco and allowing us to build the new truck that we have helped deliver and have done the training for today. I would like to thank the guys for their efforts in taking up that training,” Stone said.
Approximately 40 fire officers were trained by Stone on how to appropriately use particular features of the multimedia vehicle and how to drive it. In turn, those trained are expected to pass on their knowledge to their colleagues who were unable to attend the training sessions.
In addition to the fire trucks, the Fire Service has also been equipped with a command vehicle and a dinghy for water rescue purposes.