The Port Royal Fire Station was reopened yesterday February 5th, 2014. Honourable Colin Fagan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development with direct responsibility for the Jamaica Fire Brigade, gave the main address at the rededication ceremony held at the Fire Station. The Minister reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to upgrading fire stations across the Island; ‘We are striving to develop the Jamaica Fire Brigade in such ways that will ensure a contemporary Fire Service commensurate with its designation as an essential service; the evolution of a World Class Logistics hub will necessitate us fast-tracking our plans in progress. The Jamaica Fire Brigade will undertake its major essential roles and functions in ensuring fire safety and prevention, protection of life and property and the realization of “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”’
In 2012, the Firefighters were relocated and the rehabilitation process started soon after it was discovered that the roof of the Fire Station contained asbestos. All traces of asbestos have now been removed and properly disposed of, the building has been re-roofed and the Firefighters are now able to operate from their original station. Work is expected to be carried out on a number of fire stations across the rest of the island in short order.