The fire department of the Royal Grenada Police Force has taken possession of a brand new, fully air-conditioned tank truck plus other fire equipment and appliances.
The items, at a total value of US$87,000 were made available through a donation by the Government of Japan. An official hand over ceremony was held at the Central Police Station, Carenage St. George on Friday, November 24.
Japanese Counselor, Yoshinori Yakabe speaking to members of the fire department said that historically Japan and Grenada have shared warm and friendly relations by co-operating on a number of projects, including in the areas of fisheries, environmental management and disaster risk reduction. This partnership will continue, he promised.
“My government is pleased to provide support to these and other areas and work alongside not only state actors but also with civil society and community-based organizations in Grenada”, he noted.
Deputy Commissioner Frankly Redhead received the donation on behalf of the RGPF. He said the gift would go a long way in terms of supporting the proficiency and efficiency of the fire department in Grenada.
The Deputy Commissioner said after several years of negotiations and discussions to support plans within the RGPF, “approaching the Japanese Embassy was indeed favourable in tapping into the resource needed”.
He expressed gratitude on the behalf of the RGPF the Japanese government for ensuring that the equipment is available to continue the tasks ahead.
According to Redhead, the efforts of the Japanese Embassy through their grassroots humanitarian project are well noted as well as the efforts of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy and the many other players that have played their part “in ensuring that we have the wherewithal and the technical capacities to carry out our responsibilities”.
Assistant Superintendent- Glenroy Corion of the Fire Department said that the over four-thousand-gallon-tanker can support other trucks as well as conduct delivery in terms of going to the scene of a fire and used to suppress fires.