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No working fire truck on Virgin Gorda; Fire Chief concerned

December 24th, 2018 | Tags: Virgin Gorda Virgin Islands Zebalon A. McLean fire
Just last week, a vehicle going up North Sound Road caught fire and was totally destroyed because of the lack of a fire truck. Photo: Team of Reporters
Currently, Virgin Gordaians are at risk, because if a major fire were to occur, there could be loss of life and property, due to the current situation. Photo: VINO/File
Currently, Virgin Gordaians are at risk, because if a major fire were to occur, there could be loss of life and property, due to the current situation. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Since last month, the loan fire tender on Virgin Gorda, a place that accounts for half of the tourist dollars in the Virgin Islands (VI)—along with having wealthy residents with high-end homes, boats and cars—does not have a working fire truck.

This has led to outrage by many who live there, for the lack of attention being paid to the Sister Islands by the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Chief Fire Officer, Zebalon A. McLean confirm that the main truck “is not working”, however, he said a “small Mini Moke is being used.”

He noted that it is “not adequate for fire prevention on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda, a place with many overnight tourists.”

Mr McLean said, he was “very uncomfortable with the situation”, and noted that he has “informed his Minister and Ministry in ongoing reports.”

Loss of property 

Just last week, a vehicle going up North Sound Road caught fire and was totally destroyed because of the lack of a fire truck.

Currently, Virgin Gordaians are at risk, because if a major fire were to occur, there could be loss of life and property due to the current situation.

For the past 8 years, the Sister Islands namely Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada have continued to publicly complain of blatant neglect by the NDP government.

Political gimmick

One resident noted, “I saw one up here [Politician] last week giving out turkey and ham, but they care less about our well being beyond an election vote and gimmick.”    

8 Responses to “No working fire truck on Virgin Gorda; Fire Chief concerned”

  • NDP must go (24/12/2018, 11:43) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smh what's new here
  • pat (24/12/2018, 15:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shame on ndp
  • Eagle Eye (24/12/2018, 15:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Use a water truck until
  • Charley Rose (24/12/2018, 17:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is not a new development. This has been going on for a long time. Let us wait and see what will be done before the General Election. Hope we do not make the same mistake and vote for them again. We will meet them at the poll.
  • Political Observer (PO) (24/12/2018, 19:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a LIFE and property safety issue. Urgent action is needed to protect LIFE and property. This is gross negligence and it would be senseless and unfortunate tragedy if a resident(s) is severely injured or worst if a life is lost due to lack of working fire equipment. The BVI is not in a position to sign mutual aid agreement(s) with adjacent entities so it should have back up/ surge capacity, ie, there should be at least 2 fire engines on VG.
  • i from here (25/12/2018, 07:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I admire the courage of the fire chief
  • Steeple (26/12/2018, 07:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Minister busy with his personal bidness n badness.
  • vgman (27/12/2018, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ur wordings spell political HIGH END HOME/ BOAT OWNERS.What about me in live in fowl roost so no one cares about me.DAMN


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