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Hails says Fire Service aiming for healthier, safer officers

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Chief Fire Officer David Hails — the man in charge of the Cayman Islands Fire Service — says his department is making strides in promoting a healthier and safer working environment for the people charged with saving lives.

Cayman 27 last week brought you the story of a Fire Services Officer who says there are no proper fitness guidelines to ensure firefighters are capable of carrying out their duties.

Mr. Hails, who has not responded to requests to appear on camera, says the service is providing new equipment aimed at keeping officers safe, like AEDs, thermal imaging cameras, trauma packs, hoses and jaws of life.

He also says the service is cutting work hours, providing incident referral service and making improvements to fire stations while adding new training exercises and call out systems.

He did not specify whether new fitness guidelines are in the works.

A Cayman 27 Freedom of Information request revealed the service has limited fitness guidelines for officers based at airports and no mention of guidelines or requirements for other officers.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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