BFRS and Airport Authority Currently at Odd, Word coming to TNN suggesting a dispute between the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service and the Bermuda Airport Authority.
The authority released a statement on Wednesday March 23rd to the eastern division of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue, requesting the Chief fire officer to “facilitate an increase in manning levels at the Airport Operation Division with immediate effect.”
Eastern service members will be expected to be at the airport from 7 a.m to 11 p.m., or until the airport officially closes. All incidents that happen within the eastern division, the statement read, will be addressed by Hamilton and Port Royal fire service members.
“ The Service management is working with the Ministry of National Security for a long-term solution to this situation,” the statement concluded.
TNN sought clarification on Wednesday from a spokesperson representing BFRS and await a reply.
We also understand that, because of the requirement that the airport authority is placing BFRS in, as first responders, BRFS would be on a scene before ambulances. This will not be the case.
TNN can confirm via the Minister of National Security the Hon. Renee Ming, that a high stakes meeting is scheduled for Monday March 28th, between the Minister of National Security, BFRS members and St, George’s Coparation personal as a review is currently underway to find a resolution for this longstanding issue.
OBA Senator Ben Smith took to social media via Facebook with Budget Questions to the Minister of National Security the Hon. Renee Ming, as the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service is under the Minister remitt.
Is the Fire Service still operating the ambulance in St George’s? If not, will this create any changes in response time?
What Certification is necessary for the Fire Service at the Airport and who is responsible for providing it?
How many officers are mandatory at the Airport to satisfy the International Regulations?
How many Fire Service members do we have for the Airport?
Is there special Certification necessary for these Fire service members?
How long does it take to receive this certification and can it be completed locally?
How many of the local Officers at the airport have this Certification?
If Bermuda does NOT meet these regulations can the Airport be shut down?
Stay tuned to TNN for further updates on this breaking story.
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