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Govt purchases five fire trucks

The government has acquired five brand new fire trucks at a cost of $1.2 million, National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said yesterday.

“This is the first time in the history of The Bahamas that we have been able to increase our inventory so impressively,” he said at Police Headquarters.

“Two of them are in Grand Bahama and have been there for a few weeks.”

Nottage said the trucks have a life expectancy of 20 years.

“What we are going to be able to do now is distribute engines to each of the major communities, one in Cable Beach, one in Carmichael, one by South Beach, one in Elizabeth Estates and one at headquarters,” he said.

“That way we’ll be able to reach most locations in New Providence in a relatively short period of time.”

Superintendent Walter Evans, director of fire services, agreed with Nottage and noted that the trucks were very much needed.

Jason Krantz of Rosenbauer America, the company that made the trucks, said they are easily serviceable as well.

He noted that one of the trucks can spray water from a front-facing bumper nozzle, which is mounted to the front of the truck.

In total, Nottage said New Providence has a total of eight fire trucks and Grand Bahama has a total of three.

This comes after a fire destroyed at least 30 homes and displaced 121 people in a Haitian shantytown off Joe Farrington Road on Monday night.

Some residents alleged the fire was the work of an arsonist.

Evans said police are investigating the blaze and urged anyone with credible evidence of arson to come forward.

“The police have a process and its very active. That’s as much as I can say about that,” he said.

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