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Three New Fire Stations To Be Constructed



KINGSTON, Dec. 8 (JIS): Three new fire stations are to be constructed next year, says State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.

He said the new stations will be built in Yallahs, St. Thomas; Port Maria,

St. Mary, and Montego Bay, St. James, adding that the technical specifications have been completed and a decision made on the vehicles to be used at the stations.

“The new fire stations will be constructed as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Project, funded by the World Bank,” Mr. Fagan noted.

The State Minister was speaking at a graduation ceremony for 103 new firefighters, on December 5, at the Madge Saunders Conference Centre, in Tower Isle, St. Mary.

Mr. Fagan said the Ministry is committed to expanding the capacity of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), pointing out that the JFB will spend approximately $372 million to acquire vehicles to improve service delivery, and that three new fire trucks will be rolled out between December 2015 and January 2016.

He said the country can look forward to another batch of committed firefighters, ready to give first class service, and save properties and lives.

The State Minister said the new recruits and existing firemen will benefit from a number of initiatives that the Government will implement over the next financial year. “Plans have started for the development of a new firefighting training facility on lands owned by the JFB at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine,” he noted.

In the meantime, Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, told JIS News that the Brigade receives over 1,000 applications each recruitment drive, and only 100 persons are selected.

He said the men and women of the JFB are highly trained to protect the country from fires, and the JFB is the only institution that prepares persons in specialised areas, such as hose-handling techniques, live firefighting, rescue techniques as well as basic training to handle chemicals during fires.

Mr. Ebanks said during the three months of training, the recruits were exposed to over 30 different theoretical areas, which speak to the depth of the programme the JFB offers.

He reiterated that the JFB is committed to educating the country about how to deal with fires, citing the JFB’s Community Bush Fire Education Programme that was launched recently.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised



#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death




June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.


Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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