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Fire officers commended for extinguishing bush fire @ Meyers

Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. Mclean and his officers have been commended by the Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) for extinguishing a bush fire that was threatening the residence of Mr and Mrs Simon Potter at Meyers Estate, Tortola, on May 8, 2019. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) has commended Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. Mclean and his officers for extinguishing a bush fire that was threatening the residence of Mr and Mrs Simon Potter at Meyers Estate, Tortola.

Honourable Rymer said when he arrived at the scene on May 8, 2019 fire officers were at both ends of the fire working tirelessly to contain the large area engulfed in flames.

“I must say congratulations to those guys, they worked hand in hand, they worked together,” he said, adding, “We must also acknowledge the Potters, for giving us the ability to use their home and their cisterns, for use of water.”

Honourable Rymer pledged his support to the Fire Department and stated that there is a need for additional apparatus including water pumps and communication devices. He said his Ministry will support the Fire Department in getting the equipment that is vital to its operations.

Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Mr McLean is urging the public to refrain from burning anything during this dry season. Mr. McLean said, “The island (Tortola) has the potential to have uncontrollable fires.” He added investigations have also found that most of the fires his officers have been called to put out were started as controlled fires.

The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services is reminding the public not to engage in backyard or hillside burning at this time, given the extremely dry conditions.

2 Responses to “Fire officers commended for extinguishing bush fire @ Meyers”

  • Citizens (10/05/2019, 12:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the ppl that was working side by side with the fire fighters though and through the bush in the dark of night even before the fire fighters arrived????? Smh
  • wize up (12/05/2019, 11:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the fire department need updates trucks and pumps so they can adequately help the residents of the territory: good money being spent to ensure visitors have a good experience when in the BVI: please spend some money our infrastructure and developments that keep our daily lives happy


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