Hoses are Part of Equipment Needed says Fire Service P.R.O
Fire Services Public Relations Officer, Wayne Letang says new hoses are part of the equipment needed for firefighting, however they have had to use what is available.
He made the statement in an interview with SAT TV on Tuesday June 17th, following criticism from members of the public about hoses used to respond to a fire that took place in Loubiere, on Monday June 16th 2014.
“We experience some of those difficulties sometimes, but we try our best during maintenance to limit those types of incidents and sometimes what happens is that at the time you may find a hole in the hose, however once we detect them it is repaired by the Operational Department,” Letang explained.
Andre Charles, a former media worker was not pleased about the situation.
“I’m looking at the hose spewing water all over the place and even the fireman is getting wet while he has the hose in his hand which is not right,” Charles highlighted.
Charles noted, the first fire truck should arrive at any scene of a fire loaded with water to begin firefighting to save valuable time.
He added, the Fire Service is important and as such they should always be fully equipped to properly carry out their duties.
In responding to Charles’ allegation about their trucks not travelling with water to immediately begin firefighting, Letang said this is not so.
“We have trucks with 600 gallon tanks, however upon arrival at any scene of a fire, there is a special officer whose task is to locate a fire hydrant so the fire fighters will always have water during firefighting,” he stated.
He added, it is better to have too much rather than inadequate water.