Improved Service Delivery
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (third left), cuts the ribbon symbolising the official handover of four new fire trucks to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), during a ceremony at the fire boat station in Newport East, Kingston. Others (from left) are: Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Chairman, JFB Board of Directors, Russell Hadeed; and then JFB Commissioner, Raymond Spencer.

Improved Service Delivery

Significant work was carried out by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development during 2018 to improve service delivery to Jamaicans.

Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB)

• The JFB acquired six new emergency response vehicles valued at $385      million. The units included two firefighting boats, fire trucks; and two pumper tankers. A total of $189 million was allocated in the 2018/19 budget to purchase more fire trucks.

• Renovations were carried out at York Park Fire Station, downtown Kingston.

• Tender documents was received for construction of the $475 million fire station at Barnett Street, Montego Bay.

• $15 million was allocated to construct additional living quarters at the May Pen Fire Station in Clarendon for female firefighters.

• 106 new recruits joined the JFB.

• The first cohort of 150 persons graduated from a special volunteer intro-ductory firefighting training course – a collaboration between the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and Government of Japan.

Upgrading of Markets,Municipal Corporations/ and Transport Centres

• $150 million was allocated to repair markets islandwide.

• $56 million contract was signed to build new market in Port Maria, St. Mary. 

• Work was advanced on the new $190 million Portmore Municipal building in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.

• 80 per cent completion of Westmoreland Municipal Corporation $60 million building.

• New Clark’s Town Transport Centre in Trelawny was officially opened. 

National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA)

• NSWMA carried out a $60 million clean-up drive to remove bulky waste in major towns.

• The agency acquired three new garbage trucks valued approximately $74.7 million. 

• A solid waste transfer station was built in Daniel Town, Trelawny.

Streetlights

• Government cleared its debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for street lights.

Road Repairs/Drain Cleaning

• $70 million spent to carry out major drain cleaning across Kingston and St. Andrew.

• $50 million allocated for islandwide clean-up programme to minimise flooding.

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