National Security Minister responds to “delay” in opening of fire station

MARVIN DAMES Minister of National Security

Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security confirmed with this daily on Wednesday morning that the Fire Services Station Cathedral Boulevard that was completed over a year ago, has not yet opened, indeed, due to the lack of furniture.

He informed that he has been notified by a local business place that was awarded the contract to supply the furnishings that they are in fact in transit to the island and he is hopeful that they should be in place sometime next month.

“We will keep you posted, but we are looking at, as soon as we are able to, on the delivery of furniture that was ordered, a few months back. We are waiting on delivery of furniture and final handover of the building. That should not stop the process but I am guessing that probably will happen sometime next month. The furniture has to come in, and then placed in the building,” informed Dames.

“It is just the furniture right now that is the hold-up. It has been ordered, a local company on the island got the contract for that and we have been in contact with them. They told us that it could take up to two months to deliver, based on the volume of furniture and certainly, as it is coming from overseas, they had to sort certain things out.

“The final handover should take place before the furniture arrives and once the furniture gets here…we are also working on an opening as well. Certainly once the furniture is in place we can move right to the opening. I am guessing, sometime next month or thereabouts, we should be ready,” informed the Minister.

The Fire Services Station was constructed by Patrick McDonald Construction Company Limited at a cost of $6.1 million.
Ground breaking for the facility was organized on July 28, 2015 by the former Progressive Liberal Party Government, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Perry Christie. A number of Cabinet Ministers attended the event, inclusive of the former Minister of National Security, the late Dr. Bernard Nottage.

The property, which consists of three acres of land, on the corner of Sergeant Major and Cathedral Boulevard (formerly Settler’s Way), was donated by the Grand Bahama Port Authority. The facility consists of an 11,660 square foot main two storey administrative building, a first aid room to be utilized by staff that may become ill or sustain injury while on duty, a fire garage to house the fire trucks as well as support spaces to accommodate necessary storage, tools and lockers.

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