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EE resident decries state of fire response

- aided others in averting a near disaster as derelict vehicle set alight close to residence; believes road works are just an election gimmick
Speaking with this news site on May 1, 2015, resident Jerome D. McMillan believes that more must be done to address the needs of the community and accused the Government of only coming around at election time. Photo: VINO
The derelict vehicle which was set alight. Photo: VINO
The derelict vehicle which was set alight. Photo: VINO
Another view of the burnt out vehicle. Photo: VINO
Another view of the burnt out vehicle. Photo: VINO
A close up of the burnt vehicle. Photo: VINO
A close up of the burnt vehicle. Photo: VINO
A section of the completed road works in East End. Photo: VINO
A section of the completed road works in East End. Photo: VINO
EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – An East End resident is decrying the state of affairs in the District which he calls home as it regards response to fires and road works and is calling on District Representative for the Seventh District Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering to look into the needs of the community.

Speaking with this news site on May 1, 2015, resident Jerome D. McMillan aka Frenchie believes more must be done to address the needs of the community. He accused the Government of only coming around at election time.

“If you look about 20 feet ahead of you, there is a vehicle. Somebody light that afire last night [April 30, 2015] at about 11:30. It almost caught that house,” he said, pointing to a house next to the burnt out vehicle.

“For six months I’ve been complaining that East End and Long Look need a fire station and a fire truck. They had a fire station but over three years now they have closed it down,” he said.

A ridiculous situation

He said that some time back there were some other fires in the community and there was no fire truck to attend to them.

“This is ridiculous to know that we have a fire station and no fire truck for three years. Something has to be wrong and the district representative is not doing anything about it. They are wasting money trying to do all sorts of things about the place. Elections is coming so they trying to fool people,” he said.

He believes it is time now for everyone affected to stand up and speak up to have things changed for the better.

“Nobody don’t see he [Dr Pickering]. But is election time now so he will come around,” said McMillan. “When you have a disaster in here who you going to turn to. There is no representative for you to turn to,” he said.

Efforts by this news site to garner a response from Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr Pickering proved futile.

When this news site checked with Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean for a report on the vehicle burning incident, he said he had to check the records to confirm. On the concerns regarding the response to East End fires, he said where fires occur in East End, the response would have to come from the Road Town Fire Station.

Road works elections gimmick

Turning to the road works being done in the district, McMillan who had spoken to this news site before about the issues he was having with dust pollution, said that it is nothing more than an election gimmick being done to the community.

He does not believe that the Government would be able to finish all of the road works in a short time.

“This is a big time elections gimmick. Every little street up here block as they try to fool the public,” he said. “They are doing all the way by Cedar school, unnecessary roads that didn’t want touching they messing with it,” he said.

28 Responses to “EE resident decries state of fire response”

  • Hmm (04/05/2015, 15:28) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    What's the story with the fire station in east? What was the reason for the closure?
  • Stopit (04/05/2015, 15:31) Like (46) Dislike (24) Reply
    Frenchie, stop complaining about our politics. Please go and tell Ralph Gonsalves to create work for his people and see what is his response. Go after the owners who put the vehicles there and stop cussing the Government with your rude mouth.
    • @Stopit (04/05/2015, 17:03) Like (34) Dislike (13) Reply
      Frenchie has been living and contributing to this Territory for years probably even before you were born and you have the gall to invoke Ralph Gonsalves in your comments for what reason? He resides here and mostly likely can vote therefore, he has a right to voice his opinion. Small minded people.
    • Outlaw (04/05/2015, 17:04) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
      @Stop it. You sound so stupid, how long I frenchie live here and makes his contribution to this country. Here is where he calls home, he does not have much interest in SVG so why should he go and tell Ralph anything. That's the problem with you people don't matter what contribution expatriates make here all you still be ungrateful to them. Am sure frenchie was contributing to this country even before you were born but yet he don't have a say. Whatever he is saying is facts but we have allow politics to divide us but I guess if your house or vehicle caught fire now and no fire tender is mobilize you will understand
    • MB (04/05/2015, 18:55) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well if you understand the complaint - it is about the need for a fire truck to timely respond to incidents in the community in order to preserve property and save lives. ... yes, the abandoned vehicles need to be addressed by government bc it can be a safety issue and an eye soar. Look beyond Frenchie and his rude mouth (that may never change) he has a valid point. Your comment about Ralph Gonsalves is also irrelevant - oh wait - that was just your way of being prejudice to the fact that Frenchie is from St. Vincent but call the BVI home for over 40+ yrs .... I am sure if Frenchie lived in St. Vincent Mr. Gonsalves would hear about Frenchie's complaints for the community he resided in .... at least he is speaking up in hopes to bring about a change what are you doing?
    • saying (05/05/2015, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @stopit where Ralph Gonsalve come into this matter you are a wicked person
    • Forgivem (06/05/2015, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr. McMillan is stating what some of us don't have the boldness to say
  • old (04/05/2015, 16:19) Like (23) Dislike (29) Reply
    Go sit down dude! Nobody ain't want to hear from you!
  • Move From Here (04/05/2015, 16:20) Like (27) Dislike (15) Reply
    Election gimmick or not! The place getting fix and that is all we care about!
    • @Move From Here (04/05/2015, 16:35) Like (21) Dislike (21) Reply
      That's why politicians will continue to fool you guys off. Too damn gullible.
    • In a me pants (04/05/2015, 17:18) Like (18) Dislike (12) Reply
      @ Move from here. You are one sick puppy. Place getting fix and that's all you care about. It is plain that you cannot see further than your nose. You already sell your soul for a few handouts. You coward
  • vex (04/05/2015, 16:24) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Strupes (04/05/2015, 16:33) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Another set up election gimic people don't be fooled yes I agree it's needed an i trust something will be done but just like only time politians comes around same way these tricks and gimics pop up shame
  • Yawnnnnnnnnn (04/05/2015, 17:00) Like (16) Dislike (21) Reply
    Boy yo relax you ole self you hear? Relax! The BVI does not belong to you.
    • @Yawnnnnnnnnnn (04/05/2015, 19:13) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply


    • Black starliner (04/05/2015, 21:06) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
      @Yawnnnnnn. Well I guess you will never get old, but it's fool like you does die young. I think Frenchie fully understands that the BVI is not his but he surely have an interest in what goes on here unlike you who set about to distroy the place you call home
      • Huuu (05/05/2015, 06:00) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
        Nice Objection! BVislanders do not appreciate their land for true. They spent most of their time fighting their family. Frenchie has contributed over 40 years of hard work here. So please know the BVI belongs to him also. Just like Mark Vanterpool who is also not from here.
  • Johnny B (04/05/2015, 17:02) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Ok Frenchie get on the track the VIP needs your mouth to blow the conch shell ,put on your running shows the gates are loaded..
  • Set the record Straight (04/05/2015, 21:05) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Why do expats think they contribute to a territory? You came looking for work not to contribute. Your own benefit not the territory's. Any Government has tax structures for the benefit of the country. You bitch about paying taxes but when you get the weekend work and send it out through money gram and western union with out paying government the 8% why don't you contribute then!!! Don't get it twisted you
    • Bullseye (05/05/2015, 07:08) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      @set the records straight. Oh what a foolish post. I think you need to get your mine straight before you can set any record straight. When a person come here to work or what ever, are they not giving of themselves to this country and they not contributing to the development of this country? At the same time they are under an obligation to develop themselves back home as well so your manner of thinking is very limited. Go sit down and look at your post again and consider how stupid a post it is
    • MB (05/05/2015, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
      @Set the record straight - don't get off topic belonger status is not the issue at hand. Fact - Expats send their money home just as bvislanders go to PR to buy furniture and appliances and to the USVI to stock groceries and their frequent trips to the US to buy fancy clothes vs supporting small businesses in their community --- The ISSUES on hand -- the residents in the EE community are lacking a vital resource --- the BVI only see major changes every time election rolls around when development should be ongoing < that's an issue that everyone needs to speak out about .... oh bf you come for me, "I am a BVIslander"
  • 911 (04/05/2015, 21:11) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
  • humbug (05/05/2015, 00:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey can we all get along? The Constitution said freedom of expression so all entitled to have their views. Let us not further divide ourselves. Lucky Dube said different colours one people -- some from other islands one people. When the ship sailed from the West Coast we were one enslaved people but I aint sure it had noFrench people, but when you marry our girls, still one people. So let us unite and build this nice nice place we all love. Jah Rastafari..
  • voter (05/05/2015, 07:16) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    We need positivity and ACTION! VIP will get my votes, sorry NDP ayo too LIE

  • Looking on (05/05/2015, 07:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well only Frenchie contribution has the government running so they must listen.
  • Jojo (05/05/2015, 13:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of them Firemen using the fire station as a car wash if the representative them drive around there especially Wednesday and Friday the Station open and them washing cars with the government water so how come they close down the station and the man them have the keys them still. Talk that too
    • @jojo (06/05/2015, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      telling yo not washing cars alone so icey vehicle tinting service!!!!ting to talk

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