Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chief Fire Officer retires after 39 years of service


‘STERLING contributuon’: Chief Fire Officer Carl Williams.

Mark Fraser

CHIEF Fire Officer, Carl Williams will spend his last day at Fire Headquarters tomorrow when he goes on pre-retirement leave following which Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Naya Rampersad, is expected to be elevated to his position.

CFO Williams was not available for comment yesterday but the Express understands that he spent approximately 39 years in the Fire Service.

During a farewell luncheon yesterday at the House of Chan restaurant in St Augustine, Williams said that he felt satisfaction in Rampersad’s ability and also expressed confidence that he would be leaving the services in good hands.

Speaking during the brief event, National Security Minister Jack Warner thanked Williams for his years of service and thanked him for his sterling contribution to the Fire Service, pointing out that the CFO rose through the ranks and the incoming Fire Chief also rose through the ranks.

Minister Warner has promised to address the problems affecting the Fire Service. He said this would be done as soon as he address problems affecting the Defence Force and Police Service.

Chief of Defence Staff, Brig Kenrick Maharaj, acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, Comptroller of Customs and Excise, Fitzroy John, Dr Stephen Ramroop, chief executive officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), and permanent secretary, Jennifer Boucaud-Blake attended yesterday’s luncheon.