His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine and Councillor Gregory Fraser along with Town Clerk ag Candace Nelson this morning met with the Chief Fire Officer ag Gregory Whickham
His Worship congratulated Mr Whickham on his promotion to the post of Chief Fire Officer (ag) and expressed his interest in continuing the working relationship between the two entities.
Mayor Narine indicated that the meeting is timely as Georgetown continues to see increased construction activities. He noted that the recent fires are of concern and proposed an enhanced relationship between the Municipality and the Fire Service in an effort to ensure the buildings have adequate fire suppression systems. He indicated that the continued development of Georgetown must ensure the safety of citizens and investments are prioritized.
Mayor Narine indicated that he stands strongly with vendors who depend on the road for their daily bread, however, he recognized the challenges which occur around the central fire station. He stated that the Council will relocate vendors which would cause congestion around the fire station. The Mayor stated that he continues to engage with vendors to sensitize them on the necessity of a clean and organized operation while the Council make its interventions.
His Worship commended the plan by the Fire Service to install additional fire hydrants in the City. He proposed that a policy to protect these hydrants be established to ensure they are free from encumbrances. The Mayor committed the Council through the City Works Committee to engage with the Fire Service to ensure that the location of hydrants along with the policy of protection is prioritized.
The Town Clerk indicated that as a part of its cleaning and sanitization efforts of markets requested the continued collaboration with the Fire Service to wash down after cleaning would be appreciated.
The Fire Chief committed to continuing the engagement and welcomed the collaboration with the Municipality and the Fire Service which has been a longstanding one.