Fire service tackles back to back blazes

| 28/04/2014

(CNS): Fire fighters tackled three different blazes Saturday morning: a structural fire in central George Town, a brush fire in Pedro and another blaze at the landfill, all within less than an hour a half of each other. The battle to extinguish the fires began at around 7am on 26 April, when crews were dispatched to a blaze close to the NevLaw Building on Shedden Road, where a storage room was engulfed in flames. But as fire officers began to deal with that fire, less than minutes later another crew was sent to Savannah and within another forty minutes, as crews continued on the first two fires, a truck was sent to a third fire at the dump to get that under control.

Two water tankers and the rescue command vehicle responded from the capital to deal with the fire in George Town. The fire crew was able to bring the blaze under control, preventing its spread from the storage room to the area of the home that was occupied. While firefighting continued to fully extinguish the blaze and cool hotspots, central station’s back-up tanker responded tobrush fire in Pedro.

As the two crews were still handling those two incidents, CIFS was also dispatched by 911 to a fire at the George Town landfill.They were able to contain and prevent further spread and, with the help of an excavator crews, cleared a barrier between the burning garbage and the remainder of the site and the fire was extinguished .

As the crews from George Town tackled the three back-to-back blazes, the crew at the Frank Sound Sub Station was placed on alert and dispatched to their Bodden Town standby location in case they were needed.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Roy Grant commended his officers on a job well done, stating that the structure fire and the landfill fires were handled aggressively and professionally with positive results.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    "Bodden Town standby location". There sounds like a lot of emergency planning at the Fire Department that no one hears about. Their SOPs would probably make an interesting article or two for an enterprising freelance reporter.

    • Anonymous says:

      In fairness, the Fire Service has indeed been using standby locations.

      Another standby location is Lawrence Boulevard (the dual-carriageway road by Quizno's and the old World Gym building near to the Camana Bay roundabout).

      I can confirm that I've seen Fire Service equipment there on standby many times.