Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fire Station a fire hazard: Officers relocated

Fire officers on bunks set up outside the old fire station, before their relocation.

The Point Fortin fire station has been temporarily relocated, following complaints of unsafe conditions at the 85-year-old building.

The officers and equipment were removed to Clifton Hill, Point Fortin, until further notice.

This followed a visit by National Security Minister and Point Fortin MP Edmund Dillon earlier this week. The officers had threatened to abandon the station if they were not relocated.

Dillon visited the dilapidated building after photographs posted on social media showed officers sleeping on bunk beds on the pavement outside the old structure.

A tarpaulin was strung outside the building near the roadside. The beds were removed to the pavement as the building was deemed unsafe for human occupation. 

The fire officers complained that the building was on the verge of collapse and posed a major safety risk. There are 55 officers housed at the fire station.

Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) served a “Prohibition Notice” on the Chief Fire Officer in order to have the Point Fortin Fire Officers relocated to another location.

Dillon said he understood the fire officers' frustrations and immediately organised temporary accommodation.

He said the Government was moving to construct a new fire station in Point Fortin, as $11 million was already allocated for the project.