Saturday 31 October, 2020

Cayman Fire Service gets new aviation fire trucks

The units unveiled on Monday, 31 August. (Photo: Screengrab)

The units unveiled on Monday, 31 August. (Photo: Screengrab)

The Cayman Islands Fire Service is now better equipped to respond to emergencies at the country's airports.

This is thanks to a fleet of three aviation fire trucks being commissioned into service.

The new units were unveiled on Monday and will replace the ageing fleet, which has been in service for approximately 15 years.

“The Cayman Islands Government continues to invest heavily in the Cayman Islands Fire Service to ensure that the service has what it needs to operate efficiently, effectively and to save lives…,” Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers — who was on hand for the unveiling — told CIG television.

Fire Service Chief Paul Walker said the units are better equipped and boast a greater capacity of fire retardant materials.

“Much quicker deployment of the extinguishing media. We carry 3000 gallons of water. We carry 420 gallons of foam and about 600 pounds of dry powder. All that can be deployed as a combination or individually to make a quick attack of a fire and a rapid extinguishment, obviously to protect lives of the passengers of our aircraft,” Walker told CIG television.

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