Fire station closed due to sickout

An apparent sickout continues to plague the Barbados Fire Service this evening, forcing the closure of the Worthing Station.

Barbados TODAY understands that only three fire officers stationed at the Grantley Adams International (GAIA) Airport reported for work, falling short of the required quota of firemen needed for the airport to remain open, according to international standards.

As a result, officers had to be pulled from Bridgetown, and also the Worthing, Christ Church station.

This evening’s action followed Thursday’s protest by fire officers stationed at the GAIA over a security incident, which resulted in brief closure of the airport and several flight delays. The officers on the red watch shift were the same ones scheduled to work tonight.

Some of them reported sick after they refused to adhere to a demand by security officials for them to be scanned.

GAIA management and top ranks of the Fire Service held an emergency meeting where it was reported that an understanding was reached that satisfied all parties involved.

However, Worthing Station is closed tonight and officers at Bridgetown complained of being stretched.

When contacted, Acting Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard confirmed that he was aware that a few officers had called in ill, but sought to downplay reports of a sickout, saying tonight’s situation was not outside the norm.

He also accused certain unnamed officers of seeking to “sensationalize” reports, even though he said he was trying to speak with President of the Fire Officers’ Association Grantley Greene about tonight’s developments. (AH)

3 Responses to Fire station closed due to sickout

  1. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding April 2, 2016 at 6:24 am

    They shud hire more staff give the men an women a break

  2. lester April 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    ya don’t tell lies on your body, it’s a serious thing, and stretch out doing what? really now

  3. Donild Trimp April 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Errol Maynard you are an idiot.

    I do not know of any other people working at the Grantley Adams International Airport being subjected to an invasive security check everytime they report for duty.

    You are an Acting Chief Fire Officer with a bird brain.

    Why subject your personnel to this humiliation when they are the same people who will be reporting for work everyday and who will be responding to incidents in all areas of the same Airport where they are working.

    You know as well as all Barbadians that these honorable men will be the ones putting their lives on the line in all kinds of different situations at that Airport, not only when there is a fire.


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