Support on the way for fire officers

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Barbados Fire Service Officers in hymn at the James Street Methodist Church

The Barbados Fire Service (BFS) will soon begin recruiting auxiliary staff to supplement the work of its fire officers, Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite revealed today.

Brathwaite, the island’s Attorney General, made the disclosure while addressing a service at the James Street Methodist Church to mark the start of Fire Service Week.

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From left, front row, Chief Fire Officer, Errol Maynard; Home Affairs Minister and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, and head of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Alvin Quintyne, were present at this morning’s ceremony

“We are on the way to recruiting a cadre of auxiliary fire officers,” he said, while lamenting the fact that despite this being allowed by the Fire Service Act it had not been done.

“Why don’t we have a cadre of officers available for us, rather than the situation that obtains where we have our men and women all stressed, in particular during the crop season because they have to work sometimes 12 to 15 hours a day?”

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James Street Methodist Church’s Congregational Steward, Kristina Bruce (left) receives fire prevention and firefighting equipment from Barbados Fire Service Station Officer, Henderson Patrick

“Although we know that they would always want to serve the people, there comes a point in time when you cannot go any more. So it is our hope to supplement them with these auxiliary officers who will be called in as required,” Brathwaite added.

 

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