N.S.Minister Confirms BFRS Hit With Staffing Shortage

 N.S.Minister Confirms BFRS Hit With Staffing Shortage

Following a meeting today with the Senior Command of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, the Minister of National Security, Renee Ming, said, “I would like to update the public on the current status of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, but first I want to express my gratitude for their tireless work during this most recent outbreak and indeed throughout the pandemic.”

The Minister added, “I can report that The BF&RS’s current staffing situation, while unfortunate, is not dissimilar to what is being experienced community-wide in both the public and private sector.

“The senior leadership of the Fire Service is conducting continuous risk assessments to ensure that the island is fully covered at all times. The public can be assured that all calls to the emergency services will be answered and responded to.”

The Minister continued, “I understand that when it is reported that a station is ‘closed’, it creates the impression that the service is somehow unable to perform their duties. That is simply not the case.

The BF&RS is made up of highly trained, professional individuals who are more than capable of responding to incidents anywhere on the island in an efficient, rapid and safe manner.

“The trucks and EMT personnel can reposition across the island, in carefully selected locations, to ensure that coverage is maintained.

“If you are in need of urgent assistance due to fire, medical emergency or otherwise, call 911. Your call will be answered, and your emergency will be dealt with.”

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