The more than 70 men and women who work at the fire station in Lucea, Hanover, should be operating from a more comfortable surrounding very soon, as their current accommodation is poised to undergo a major refurbishing work at a cost of approximately $10 million.
When contacted, Deputy Superintendent Raymond DeSouza, the Jamaica Fire Brigade officer in charge of the Lucea station, said the firemen and women working at that station are looking forward to the refurbishing work as they have long been yearning for a more comfortable environment.
“The intention is to spend $10 million for the upgrade of the Lucea Fire Station, with the scope of work including the changing of windows, general ceiling, extensive electrical, plumbing, painting and tiling, the renovation of the recreation and training areas, among other things,” said DeSouza.
DeSouza also pointed out that on a regular basis they have had to be responding to emergency calls across the parish involving bush fires, fires in dwelling houses and commercial buildings, as well as medical emergencies resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
“As first responders in the parish, the station was required to prepare and submit an emergency plan of action to our superiors in Kingston in regard to the hurricane season, which is now in progress, as well as to outline how the services of the Lucea Fire Station can be improved,” stated DeSouza.