Tag: David Hails

Caymanians appointed as deputy fire chiefs

Caymanians appointed as deputy fire chiefs

| 12/03/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Three Caymanians have been appointed as deputy chief fire officers after what officials said was a rigorous open recruitment exercise. Following significant concerns in recent years that the Cayman Islands Fire Service management had failed when it came to succession planning for local fire fighters, the Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that three […]

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Brac officer steps in as acting fire boss

Brac officer steps in as acting fire boss

| 01/02/2019 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Divisional Officer Witney Tatum, from the Cayman Brac Fire Station, has been appointed as the acting chief fire officer, ministry officials confirmed Friday, the day after David Hails departed the job. Government is currently in the process of recruiting an interim fire chief for twelve months to fill the top post after Hails’ contract […]

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Fire chief to depart with cash windfall

Fire chief to depart with cash windfall

| 30/01/2019 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Chief Fire Officer David Hails will be leaving his post tomorrow after receiving what is understood to be a significant cash windfall last year for comp-time and vacation back-pay that he had accrued over his contract period. His departure only came to public attention recently after his post was advertised in the print media […]

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Airport fire crew under safety breach probe

Airport fire crew under safety breach probe

| 28/12/2018 | 86 Comments

(CNS): A leaked internal memo from the Cayman Islands Chief Fire Officer David Hails to home affairs ministry bosses and the Cayman Islands Airports Authority has revealed that insufficiently qualified fire officers as well as one who was injured and walking with a cane made up an enhanced fire shift request from air traffic control […]

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Fire crews monitor challenging quarry fire

Fire crews monitor challenging quarry fire

| 28/09/2018 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Service has been keeping watch on another smouldering pile, this time a waste brush fire that ignited at a quarry in Bodden Town this week at the end of Lake Destiny Drive, Bodden Town, on a  site owned by Justin Wood. Alongside the smouldering pile of shredded rubber in South Sound, […]

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Rubber pile owner installing sprinkler to prevent fire

Rubber pile owner installing sprinkler to prevent fire

| 26/09/2018 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Service said that checks today at the site in South Sound where the mound of shredded rubber tyres is being stored revealed no new signs of smoke or fire. They also said the owners are in the process of installing a water sprinkler system to provide a constant water supply on top […]

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Firefighters deny lack of talent to fill top jobs

Firefighters deny lack of talent to fill top jobs

| 13/02/2018 | 36 Comments

(CNS): A group of firefighters have said that a recent review of the service by PricewaterhouseCoopers, published last week, that painted a bleak picture over succession planning is misleading. The men and women who are on the front line of the job told CNS that there are many people in the service that have the […]

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Still no succession plan in fire service

Still no succession plan in fire service

| 07/02/2018 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Two years after the current fire chief was drafted into Cayman from the UK, with the remit of sorting out the succession planning and talent management to pave the way for a local senior fire officer to take over the top job, there is still no succession plan in place. A multitude of problems […]

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Despite efforts, police lag in local recruitment

Despite efforts, police lag in local recruitment

| 24/09/2017 | 46 Comments

(CNS): Trainee police officers are the highest paid of all new recruits in the uniform services but the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has the hardest time recruiting Caymanians into its ranks. Customs, immigration and the fire service all have 100% local staff or close to it, whereas Caymanians make up just 48% of RCIPS […]

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Fire destroys house at Spotts Newlands

Fire destroys house at Spotts Newlands

| 12/09/2017 | 2 Comments

(CNS): Overheating of electrical wiring caused a fire that destroyed a house on Meadowlark Road off Spotts Newlands yesterday. According to Chief Fire Officer David Hails, the Cayman Islands Fire Service was called out at 1:25pm Monday, but when the first crews from Central Fire Station got there, they found that the house was fully […]

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Dangerous fuel tank fire posed major challenge

Dangerous fuel tank fire posed major challenge

| 24/07/2017 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The fire inside a tank at the bulk fuel depot on Sunday night posed major challenges for firefighters, but with the help of thermal imaging and the police helicopter video footage, the fire crews were able to contain and tackle the blaze and avoid a catastrophe. Due to the large quantity of diesel fuel […]

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