Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Hon. Kye Rymer said that all the fire stations damaged during the 2017 hurricanes have been restored.
“Since the hurricanes of 2017, Irma and Maria, through my ministry, we have restored all the fire stations in the Territory; purchased vehicles to be used by officers and we continue to ensure that they can continue to serve safely," he said.
The minister was speaking at the official opening of Fire Safety Awareness Week 2021 on Sunday, October 10.
He encouraged residents to continue to support the officers of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service.
“Even as we are still in this COVID-19 moment, our fire officers continue to work 24 hours a day (7) seven days a week. It is fitting that we continue to support them," he said.
Chief Fire Officer Mr. Zebalon McLean said that there will be no open house at any of the stations, nor any of the other gatherings in this year’s observance.
“We will continue with our annual quiz, however there will be no game nights or sports nights,” Mr. McLean said.
McLean added, "Fire Safety is for Everyone, Be Healthy and Safe in 2021’ is this year’s theme and in-spite of the COVID-19 challenges, the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service remains committed to residents in observing Fire Safety practices."
Chief McLean said businesses, departments and agencies are invited to set up online meetings, where officers can join them and provide training on Fire Safety and Fire Prevention, whether on WEBEX, ZOOM, or other means.