Tag: Cayman Islands Fire Service

Fire crews douse dump blaze but kit on standby

Fire crews douse dump blaze but kit on standby

| 29/03/2021 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Firefighters have now extinguished the blaze that ignited Thursday in the scrap metal area of the George Town landfill, officials said Monday. But even after Cayman Islands Fire Service operations were shut down at 10pm on Sunday evening, equipment was strategically placed onsite to ensure a quick response if there is a flare-up of […]

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Fire crews work on deep-seated fires amid scrap metal

Fire crews work on deep-seated fires amid scrap metal

| 26/03/2021 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Fire-fighters were still on site at the dump Friday morning after a night-long battle to control and contain the blaze in the scrap metal section that ignited yesterday morning. Teams were still excavating and extinguishing deep-seated fires, but officials said the situation was much-improved. Cayman Islands Fire Service crews worked tirelessly alongside the Department […]

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Crews facing hazardous blaze at dump, says chief

Crews facing hazardous blaze at dump, says chief

| 25/03/2021 | 45 Comments

(CNS): A combination of windy conditions and the nature of the mixed-waste materials at the scrap metal area of the landfill contributed to the hazardous blaze that fire crews faced when they arrived on scene this morning, Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said at a last minute lunchtime briefing at GIS. The CFO said it […]

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Gridlock on roads as dump fire rages

Gridlock on roads as dump fire rages

| 25/03/2021 | 75 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED 12:30pm: The West Bay Road was at a standstill Thursday lunchtime, as southbound traffic on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway was diverted. Thick plumes of smoke continued billowing from the fire, where fire crews are trying to tackle the blaze from four points of attack using defensive firefighting tactics and safe systems of work. Officials […]

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Minister rushes to meet fire service commitments

Minister rushes to meet fire service commitments

| 23/03/2021 | 9 Comments

(CNS): With just three weeks left in office, Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers, who is not running in the elections next month to retain her seat in West Bay South, is rushing to ensure that the Cayman Islands fire service, especially on the Sister Islands, gets the equipment and station upgrades promised at the beginning […]

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Brush fire in Windsor Park now extinguished

Brush fire in Windsor Park now extinguished

| 12/03/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED SATURDAY: The large brush fire that began in the Windsor Park area Friday afternoon, 12 March, has now been fully extinguished after around 18 firefighters worked overnight, using one light portable pump, four tankers and one rapid intervention vehicle. The RCIPS X-Ray One helicopter also surveyed the scene for aerial risk assessment Friday […]

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CI Fire Service trains coastguard recruits

CI Fire Service trains coastguard recruits

| 17/02/2021 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The new Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) will be working with various other agencies in the course of its responsibilities to protect the shoreline and Cayman waters. To this end, 16 recruits to the government’s newest uniform agency have therefore been given training on how to put out fires. During the three-day course in […]

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Mobile battery blamed for small dump fire

Mobile battery blamed for small dump fire

| 18/01/2021 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) said that a small surface fire at the landfill at around 4pm Monday was probably caused by a mobile phone battery or similar item that had been discarded in the regular waste. When operators were compacting the area and drove over the battery, it may have […]

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No women among 16 new Fire Service recruits

No women among 16 new Fire Service recruits

| 22/12/2020 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Sixteen young men, but no women, joined the ranks of the Cayman Islands Fire Service last week after graduating from 18 weeks of basic training. Although a woman holds one of the top posts in the local fire service, it is still a male dominated department. This latest group of recruits had just one […]

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CIG spends nearly $3M on new fire trucks

CIG spends nearly $3M on new fire trucks

| 16/12/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) has received seven new fire fighting trucks, which cost US$3 million, to replace its existing domestic fleet. The new trucks have arrived just a few months after the Ministry of Home Affairs spent almost $3.5 million on new trucks for CIFS aerodrome service. The new trucks were picked […]

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UK fire chief to stay despite succession promise

UK fire chief to stay despite succession promise

| 30/09/2020 | 46 Comments

(CNS): More than five years after Premier Alden McLaughlin refused to endorse the recruitment of a foreign chief fire office at a Legislative Assembly Finance Committee hearing, the contract for the latest CFO recruited from the UK has been extended for another two years in the face of unfulfilled succession plan promises. The one-year contract […]

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