Fire officers released from hospital

| 12/01/2017 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Fire fighters Jason McCoy and Garfield Ritch, who were both injured when a fire truck flipped on the Cayman Brac airport runway last week, have been released from hospital, officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, the investigation into what went wrong continues and plans are being made to shuffle fire trucks around on the Sister Islands to allow jet services to resume to the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport. The fire service is also trying to buy a replacement truck for the one that crashed as quickly as possible.

“After working diligently with other Cayman Islands Fire Service’s senior management and with the Cayman Islands Airport Authority we have decided that, whilst the backup fire truck at Cayman Brac will provide adequate fire cover for Category 6 jet movements, we will ship a larger fire truck from Little Cayman to Cayman Brac as the aircraft there carry significantly more passengers,”saic Chief Fire Officer David Hails in a press release from the Home Affairs Ministry.

“However, this plan will not affect normal operations at the Little Cayman Airport, as we plan to ship a smaller fire truck that will provide adequate fire cover back from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman,” the fire boss added.

At least two fire trucks are required to be on standby for Category 6 aircraft movements before a jet can land on the runway. Hails said the truck from Little Cayman will be able to serve the Brac airport once the exchange is made. In the meantime, plans are underway to replace the smashed truck, while an independent accident analyst continues the investigation into what caused the crash.

“We also have the manufacturer of the Osh Kosh T-3000 fire truck sending one of their experts here towards the end of the week to assess the vehicle,” Hails said.

The Home Affairs Ministry has facilitated the involvement of these experts to ensure that the incident is thoroughly evaluated, officials said, adding that the experts’ reports will inform the way forward. In the interest of staff wellness, they also stated that a critical incident counsellor will be travelling to Cayman Brac to speak with fire officers and offer counselling if needed.

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  1. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    Very glad to hear that both firefighters are expected to recover.

  2. Fire Watcher says:

    “Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it”

    Remember the Chubb appliance on the Brac?

  3. Anonymous says:

    FOI, lets see the bill for this CIG!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lager fire truck from Little Cayman to Cayman Brac, HUH?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good news to here finally. Hope nothing bad comes out of it, where the fellows lose there jobs?

    • Anonymous says:

      Take spelling lessons.

    • good cop says:

      There means another place as in over there.
      Their means as in possessing or owning somethin… in their home or their cars.
      There’s is called a contraction in grammar meaning
      There is……either way you write that would be correct.
      Keep reading and learning.

  6. Veritas says:

    Maybe now the investigator can just ask the driver what happened.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mandatory crash test I believe.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is Cayman Brac – and this is the end of the story. Moses Trump will see that we get a replacement truck, the vendor will be happy, and only CNS will be privy to publishing any further information.

      CNS: Huh?

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