Closure of Weston fire station no safety hazard – Brathwaite

Residents of the north of the island are being assured their safety was not being compromised by the closure of the fire station at Weston, St James.

In the wake of a series of questions tabled in the House of Assembly Tuesdat by Opposition Member of Parliament for St James North Edmund Hinkson, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite said there was nothing to fear.

“There is no compromise to the safety of the people in the north,” Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY, while explaining that the Weston station was in poor condition and Government had therefore decided to relocate its operations to the refurbished Arch Hall Fire Station and Fire Academy in St Thomas.

He added that there would be no reduction in the number of tenders, and more fire officers would be on duty at Arch Hall.

“Two tenders and [the] appropriate number of officers will be at Arch Hall. In addition, by the end of next week, it’s expected that the ambulance service will be positioned and functioning from Arch Hall,” Brathwaite revealed.

Hinkson, who first gave notice of his questions on May 11, 2017, pointed out to Brathwaite that the closure of the Weston Fire Station would leave all of the five northern parishes without emergency cover.

The Barbados Labour Party legislator also wanted to know if there were any plans to repair the Weston station.

“If there are such plans, how long is it expected that these repairs, refurbishments and or renovations will take to be completed and the fire station reopened?” he queried.

The Opposition parliamentarian also asked whether any arrangements were being put in place to cover those areas should there be an emergency.    

“What plans, if any, are there for the future of this site [Weston] in the event that there are no such plans to repair, refurbish and or renovate and subsequently to reopen the fire station?”   

However, while he did not respond to Hinkson’s questions in Parliament, Brathwaite immediately responded to the same series of concerns submitted to him by Barbados TODAY Tuesday afternoon, stating he had addressed these issues twice in the past.

He said a final decision had not been made on the future of the Weston station, “although we are actively looking for an alternative site as Weston has little room for development”.

Last month, when he addressed the reopening of the Arch Hall Fire Station Brathwaite had promised that the Fire Service fleet would be increased this month by two additional tenders, which would help boost the numbers.

He had said that even in the face of the country’s fiscal challenges Government had been able to stand by its pledge of ensuring the Fire Service was properly equipped, so it could carry out its work effectively.

Brathwaite said then that he was taken aback by comments that the closure of the fire station at Weston had signalled that the safety of the people living in the north would be in jeopardy.

9 Responses to Closure of Weston fire station no safety hazard – Brathwaite

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 14, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Let’s be real Weston Fire station not reopening period.

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  2. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe June 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Ahh what next

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  3. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron June 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Hmmm all of a sudden all politicans open mouth and let it come out without going toilet smhhh.
    Ppl keep your eyes and ears open.

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

    YOU MEAN TO TELL ME AH LITTLE HOUSE, HOUSING 2 FIRE TRUCKS AND U ALL CAN’T REFURBISH THAT? WANNA IS SOME SICK MORONS THOUGH……..WHO U ALL WANT THAT SPOT OF LAND FOR NOW?.. AND HOLD DE KICKBACKS……IF ANYTHING HAPPEN IN THE SURROUNDING AREA, WA FROM ARCH ALL EVERYTHING BURN FLAT….BOY O BOY…..THESE 9 MONTHS WITH U ALL SEEMS LIKE 900 MONTHS.

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  5. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Ok so just give it a few months and it will be sold to some billionaire. Who will build a large gated house and be given all kinds of permission to have his/her private beach. Just wait and see.

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  6. F.A.Rudder June 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Citizens and nationals may I ask! Can this facility as is at this present moment in time be given to the community as a volunteer fire department and be equipped by donated fire equipment from international organizations and unused sugar plantation fire carts?

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  7. Belfast June 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Why are we surprised at anything these supposedly hotshot politicians/lawyers do ? after reading in today’s Nation that these same buffons had passed a law which had placed a huge stumbling block in the already congested court system.
    Perhaps some of the money which we are paying,via, UWI to Sagicor for the lease of the still unoccupied Mutual Building ,could be diverted into refurbishing the Weston Fire Station, or converting the now abandoned Bellplaine Police Station into a Fire Station.

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  8. Belfast June 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    @ F.A .Rudder, we do not think like that in Barbados. Its the same way when we call out an ambulance all the way from Bridgetown to attend to a casualty in River Bay, with a crowd gathered around the sick person , and not a single one of them knows the first thing about First Aid.

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  9. Frank White June 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I think most of you have guessed it… This land is going to end up with a nice condominium on it, believe that… I keep saying and I will say it again, the so called white people in Barbados, wants the entire west coast for themselves and they want the beaches private… They have been building and blocking the beach access one project at a time as this is one their ultimate goals.

    It have been proven that these politicians don’t care about the black community whatsoever…

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