“Response times are still within optimal expectations, and the BFRS maintains very high standards of response as well as providing excellent triage attention to medical emergencies.” said Minister of National Security Michael Weeks, JP, MP.
We are ensuring that the BFRS has the necessary resources to carry out its duties effectively and efficiently. The Government recruited ten local firefighters earlier this year to bolster the BFRS ranks, and there are plans for additional recruitment.”
The Minister’s comments come in the wake of what he termed “reckless and unfounded claims” from the One Bermuda Alliance’s Michael Dunkley.
A Government spokesman added: “It is important to note that an audit of Bermuda’s airport fire service revealed that to maintain its Category 9 rating and keep the airport open to all commercial flights serving Bermuda, 15 firefighters were needed on duty at all times at the airport.
“A functioning airport plays a crucial role in Bermuda’s economic sustainability, growth and international connectivity. In spite of this mandated reallocation of resources to the airport, the Ministry and the BFRS have worked together to still carry out its mandate to provide fire and rescues services to this community.”
Minister Weeks added: “The Government has taken proactive measures to address any potential gaps in service and ensure that our emergency response capabilities are not compromised.
“The safety of all residents of Bermuda is our priority and the women and men of the BFRS show an unwavering commitment to that mission 24hours a day, and every day of the year.”
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