#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI today dispatches a team of five men from its Transmission and Distribution department to help storm battered Dominica and it includes an apprentice. The announcement was made on Wednesday that the crew will assist DOMLEC, the electricity supplier there, with getting the island which was pounded in Hurricane Maria, back online.
FortisTCI explained that the request for assistance came through the Company’s membership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.
Now it is our turn to help and FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”
Senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas will go for three weeks to Dominica, where 25 people were killed as a result of the hurricane.