RGPF gets grant to purchase new firefighting equipment

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has signed an agreement with the Government of Japan, which will see the Fire Department receiving a new fire truck and 14 new backpacks in the near future.

Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) Winston James and Japanese Ambassador to Grenada, Mitsuhiko Okada signing the agreement that will benefit the Fire Department

Japan’s Ambassador to Grenada, Mitsuhiko Okada and Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) Winston James signed the agreement during a brief ceremony held last week Friday at Police Headquarters, Fort George in St. George’s.

The island’s Chief Cop said that the US$82, 690 grant will be used for the exclusive purpose of purchasing the fire truck and 14 backpacks and was confident that the equipment would “definitely enhance the response and operational capability of the Force as it seeks to provide better service to the people of Grenada.”

James stated that the gift is a “clear demonstration of the strong bond that exists between Japan and Grenada,” and gave assurances that “everything possible” is being done “to build and strengthen that bond.”

Pointing to the challenges faced by the Fire Department at this time, CoP James said the fire trucks that are currently in use are “over worked (and) aging,” and RGPF is “forcing to keep them alive.”

He stressed that “the addition of a fire truck now will help us quite a lot in our operation.”

The top cop thanked the Japanese government for its generosity on behalf of the Government and People of Grenada and the rank and file of the police force.

James also assured the Japanese Ambassador that “appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that the fire truck and backpacks are properly maintained and well kept.”

Ambassador Okada expressed the commitment of the Japanese government to strengthen the relationship existing between the two countries.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by several high ranking police officers including top members of the Fire Department.

However, a date was not announced for the official arrival of the much needed equipment on the island.

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