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‘Give firemen @ Beef Island a truck!’- radio show caller

-Caller said truck will be there to serve the needs of East End; Fire Chief Zebalon A. McLean said the idea not a practical one
A caller to the Speak Out BVI radio talk show hosted by Doug Wheatley on Tuesday night April 7, 2015 suggested that the Government supplies a truck to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport so that it can serve the needs of not just Beef Island but East End if needed. Photo: VINO/File
“As for the suggestion the caller made, to have an appliance that is designed for aerodrome firefighting responding in a metropolitan area, it is simply not going to work. The fire extinguishing medium that they use is very light and would not work at all on a structure or a bush fire. Unfortunately it was simply not designed to do that,” said Fire Chief Zebalon A. McLean. Photo: VINO/File
“As for the suggestion the caller made, to have an appliance that is designed for aerodrome firefighting responding in a metropolitan area, it is simply not going to work. The fire extinguishing medium that they use is very light and would not work at all on a structure or a bush fire. Unfortunately it was simply not designed to do that,” said Fire Chief Zebalon A. McLean. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller to the Speak Out BVI radio talk show on Tuesday night April 7, 2015 suggested that the Government supplies a truck to the fire station located at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport so that it can serve the needs of not just Beef Island but East End if needed.

The show, hosted by Doug Wheatley, was aired on ZBVI 780 AM and dealt with a number of topical issues.

“If I were the Minister tomorrow morning I would carry a truck and park it up there,” he said.

“Almost every fireman in the Virgin Islands has a licence. I would tell them, anything happen in the East End area that truck is for them to drive over the bridge and go and assist us on the mainland until the Road Town fire truck comes,” the caller said.

“Don’t tell me that ain’t a solution…there are about nine or ten firemen stationed up there and two of them could assist till the truck comes from Road Town. Isn’t that a viable solution?” he asked.

He said that fires are a serious issues and are “nothing to play with as they consume things very quickly, but you can’t have firemen sitting down there doing nothing. Give them a brand new truck and tell them that is to assist East End.”

It won't work - Fire Chief

Contacted for a comment, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean said that it is true that East End is served from the Central Fire Station in Road Town.

“The basic problem is that the trucks have passed their useful life and are in need of replacement. We have not been given the funding to purchase new appliances at this time. So we are currently exacting repairs on existing fleets and until those repairs are completed we are going to be at the mercies of natural wear and tear,” he said.

“As for the suggestion the caller made, to have an appliance that is designed for aerodrome firefighting responding in a metropolitan area, it is simply not going to work. The fire extinguishing medium that they use is very light and would not work at all on a structure or a bush fire. Unfortunately it was simply not designed to do that,” said McLean.

17 Responses to “‘Give firemen @ Beef Island a truck!’- radio show caller”

  • .... (09/04/2015, 09:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah blah
  • Seriously!!!! (09/04/2015, 10:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's not say it is not going to work and do some strategic planning in getting a vehicle to service the Eastern End of the Island. As a matter of fact, we need solutions to sustain the whole Island. There is no way a house or car on fire not going to suffer severe damage by the time the only Fire Engine responding is coming from Road Town and would have to climb Belle Vue Mountain! I feel we need some serious rethinking on strategies when it comes to protecting the whole Island in terms of Fire.
  • ignorant bvi ppl (09/04/2015, 10:37) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please shut your mouth if you know nothing. There are about four FIre trucks at the airport and they are stationed there as a part of international requirements and protocol reasons.... they cannot go and assist in a house fire down the street... otherwise the airport is unsafe and unfit for traffic. They are stationed there for that reason... "Drive over the bridge??" ee-dee-yot!... go and sit down please.
  • ooooo (09/04/2015, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    the chinese minister maybe bringing some from china ?
  • Real life (09/04/2015, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    So if the airport building catches fire the firemen at the airport would just sit and wait for the truck from town?
    • @Real Life (09/04/2015, 12:06) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Simply put. Yes! The fire equipment are there for a purpose and that purpose only. Safety of airplanes. If they move, airport has to close, plane cannot land. Building on fire, call someone else.
      • ImanI (09/04/2015, 14:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

        @Real Life. You chatting £$$%, if the airport is on fire the trucks there have to deal with that. They are there for safety precautions yes and for quick time response in any emergency but can be utilized elsewhere if needs be. The director of the Airport Authority can make that decision. One will recalled the inner harbour Fire some years ago, it was an airport Fire truck had to come and foam down the buildings to get the fire under control

      • Fools (09/04/2015, 14:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        This "£$% really sit and type that airport fire services can't put out a fire if the airport building is on fire? While the trucks are there mainly for airplane safety, some of them have the ability to put out regular fires so stop talking foolishness. Schups, I think I had enough internet for today. Smh!!

  • Online Now (09/04/2015, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is ballheaded? come een come sponsor two trucks yaw mon.
  • beef island (09/04/2015, 12:38) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    what more they need? they already has 4 huge aviation type fire engines....
  • long look me come from (09/04/2015, 12:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...oonu nuh want scandal let soeone big in the east hosue burn down??
  • Free Ride (09/04/2015, 14:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We pay 8% payroll tax and zero sales tax! zero fees forward waste management! free education up to college level! contracts! government going as far as paying half of salaries to get people employed and we wonder why we are in this state of affairs? Let us be for real man! Name another country with such low taxes that are doing better than the BVI. The countries doing good have a funding mechanism to tap into via taxation. We don't even want to pay for healthcare but want the best services. No government or political party can save us from our ignorance. When reality really hits home in the BVI many will lose their heads and be walking around like mad people. You all better wake up. Everybody can say what the country needs but ask them to contribute and they bitch even more.
  • AIRPORT FIREFIGHTER (09/04/2015, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    IT Have 4 trucks on the airport 2 in full working condition, the 3rd need to get overhaul cause it rottening and the forth one need go the garbage. so we only have 2 and half trucks...
  • beef island firefighter (09/04/2015, 21:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the gov need to do is purchased a good fire truck and a Ambulance for East End Station. Most of the firefighters that working at Airport lives in or near by east end
  • Stations (09/04/2015, 21:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All east end, carrot bay needs is fire trucks ... East end station need Turks so why give it to airport and you. An just give it to east ....
  • DTE (12/04/2015, 18:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    While you were asking for a truck, could some body please ask for a raise in pay for Airport Fire Officers? I know I speak for other of my colleagues whose rent take up almost their whole pay check. We are making below minimum wage. Where in the world a fire man barely score just about a thousand dollars a month. This is why we have to be moonlighting in all kinds of second jobs. I need three jobs. We are calling on whoever, or whichever ministry to please intervene and review the Airport Authority salaries.. Living on what we are making is almost suicidal.
  • Oracle (25/04/2015, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree that you can't take Fire-men or trucks from the airport! But you cant wait for that truck to come from Road Town either! So you get a new station closer to the aria! It would be closer and available 24-7. Giving us a BETTER B.V.I.! (Everyone wants that) ~please give me a comment on what you think about my suggestion~


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