Tag: Department of Environmental Health

Dump fire finally out, says chief fire officer

Dump fire finally out, says chief fire officer

| 18/03/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker confirmed Wednesday that one of the most challenging and persistent fires ever seen at the George Town landfill has been fully extinguished. As most Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) officers prepared to leave the site after almost three weeks, Walker said that smoke is no longer emitting from the […]

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Still some smoke plumes at dump

Still some smoke plumes at dump

| 12/03/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) continue battling the latest fire at the George Town dump, officials said the focus is shifting away from the top mound of the landfill, where the fire has been contained, towards a lower section. As a result, intermittent smoke plumes […]

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Smoke clears as dump fire under control

Smoke clears as dump fire under control

| 11/03/2020 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Firefighters are now working towards finally extinguishing the current landfill fire after working persistently for the last four days to bring the blaze under control and systematically tackle the emerging hot spots and flare ups. At 4pm Wednesday officials said that the fire service crews as well as staff from the Department of Environmental […]

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Dump fire could happen again

Dump fire could happen again

| 10/03/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and the Department of Environmental Health continue to battle the current blaze at the George Town dump for the fourth day, there appears to be little more that can be done in addition to current measures to guarantee that there will be no fires like it in […]

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Dump fire contained but still burning

Dump fire contained but still burning

| 02/03/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): A small but deep-seated fire at the George Town landfill, which has been burning since at least Saturday morning when it was discovered, is proving hard to completely extinguish. According to an update issued Monday afternoon, Cayman Islands Fire Service crews, working with staff from the Department of Environmental Health, are still battling the […]

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George Town dump will open Monday

George Town dump will open Monday

| 29/02/2020 | 40 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED 2:34pm Sunday: The landfill on Grand Cayman will be reopened to traffic from 7am Monday morning, 2 March, officials said Sunday evening, although they indicated that the deep-seated fire at the George Town dump that was detected Saturday morning has been minimised but is still not completely extinguished.

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Fire service to help DEH improve dump

Fire service to help DEH improve dump

| 06/02/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Following one of the worst ever fires at the George Town landfill last month, which the minister with responsibility has still not commented on, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will now be assisted by the Cayman Islands Fire Service to improve daily operations at the site and cut the risk of fire, officials […]

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Dump fire extinguished say officials

Dump fire extinguished say officials

| 27/01/2020 | 18 Comments

(CNS): After a weekend fighting a serious deep-seated fire in the scrap vehicle area of the George Town dump, which ignited Friday morning, the Cayman Islands fire Service (CIFS) said Monday that the blaze had been largely extinguished. On Monday, fire officers conducted final safety checks before handing the site back to the operator. A […]

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Dump fire contained but still burning

Dump fire contained but still burning

| 24/01/2020 | 106 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED: Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker has warned that the blaze currently burning at the vehicle recycling area at the George Town landfill could take days to put out. But in an updated press release on Saturday, officials said Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) crews had worked through the night to bring the fire […]

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600 tons of rubbish collected in holiday clean-up

600 tons of rubbish collected in holiday clean-up

| 17/12/2019 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Residents threw out more than 600 tons of bulk waste from their homes and yards across the Cayman Islands over the period of the Department of Environmental Health’s annual holiday collection. The free bulk waste collection service ends this Friday, as teams from the DEH clear up in West Bay. Officials said that once […]

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DEH 10 years behind, says director

DEH 10 years behind, says director

| 29/11/2019 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) director told Finance Committee that garbage management is some ten years behind in terms of staff and equipment. Richard Simms said resources had not increased for more than a decade, despite the growing population and the amount of garbage being generated. As the committee turned its attention to […]

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We have created a new system to help us address questions we receive from the public for the press briefings. We are getting hundreds every day and it’s impossible to read and deal with them while the PB is in process as there are a lot of moving parts to being able to do the Zoom meeting, take notes and respond to their info in real time.

So we are asking people to send their questions each day BEFORE NOON to: covid-questions@caymannewsservice.com

This will give us a chance to read, sort and consolidate the questions so that we get to the issues that people are most concerned about.

Thanks for your help. In the meantime the ones you have sent will be sorted and collated.