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Antigua: AG continues to mull plans to separate fire dep’t from police force


(Antigua Observer) The government has said that it’s continuing to assess the logistics and cost attached to the move to separate the Fire Department from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The decision to separate the two entities was made following years of advocacy and lobbying by members of the Fire Department who have repeatedly argued for the separation on the grounds that much of the training needed for fire tenders do not reflect a better training for firefighters and faster response times, by allowing them to focus specifically on fire duties.

Last year, Parliament appointed a seven-member select committee to review and make suggestions on the Fire and Rescue Bill, but nearly 10 months later, there has been no movement on the Bill.

Antigua and Barbuda remains one of the few Caricom nations to continue to have its fire department still attached to its police force.

The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Ambassador Lionel Hurst spoke to some of the remaining challenges which the Attorney General Sir Steadroy Benjamin is mulling.

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