January 31, 2014
Vincentian fire fighters get equipment boost

Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines -Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Reynold Hadaway, is optimistic that a set of firefighter suits donated to the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) by C K Greaves & Co Ltd will assist members of the local fire department in demonstrating a higher level of professionalism.{{more}}

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, C K Greaves & Co Ltd in conjunction with Ajax Fire Department, Canada, donated 12 fire fighter suits to the Fire Department of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

At the handing over ceremony, which took place at the Central Police Station, Kingstown, DCP Hadaway said the donation was welcomed, given the challenges brought on by the global economic recession.

DCP Hadaway reminded the gathering that fire fighting is a very challenging task, and he used the opportunity to applaud the men and women at the Fire Department for their service.

Clyde Mofford, a manager at C K Greaves & Co Ltd, said assisting the police to source needed equipment is one avenue by which the company fulfils its corporate responsibility.

Mr Mofford said CEO of C K Greaves, Mr Nigel Greaves, was instrumental in liaising with Mr Sheldon Bonadie, an Ajax Fire Department fire fighter of Vincentian heritage, to source the firefighter suits.

On average, a new firefighter suit with head gear costs approximately US$1,200.

Mr Don Carrera, captain of the Ajax Fire Department, said due to changes in the United States’ and Canada’s standards for fire service, his organization had to change their fire fighting suits. He said the backup suits from stock used previously are the ones that were donated to St Vincent and the Grenadines and they are “in perfect shape”.

DCP Hadaway received a token from the Ajax Fire Department, while Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Frankie Joseph, gave a plaque of appreciation to Mr Bonadie on behalf of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.