The new rescue boat for the Cayman Islands Fire Service received a christening and ribbon cutting on Friday (18 November) at the George Town Yacht Club.
The larger vessel is required due to international standards that accompany new air service to Cayman from a British Airways 777 jetliner. Fire Services must be able to reach passengers within a kilometer of a runway, including water rescues. The new vessel carries six lifeboats that each have a 50-person capacity.
“We’ve had an excellent Fire Service for many, many years, but now I think it’s time for us to move it to another level,” said Premier (Hon.) Alden McLaughlin about this and other recent equipment upgrades for the department.
“This is another step to bringing the Cayman Islands Fire Service to a level which is above and beyond our requirements,” said Fire Chief David Hails who reported a purchase price for the boat of slightly under $200,000, below the $250,000 budgeted.