B.T.L. to Purchase 2 Fire Trucks for San Pedro Town
Earlier in the month a massive fire in San Pedro Town destroyed ten houses and left eighty-seven persons homeless. The fire which occurred in the Boca Del Rio Area of the island was deliberately set. The inferno started in one house and spread rapidly to the remaining structures, clearing an entire block. It took about three hours for the buildings to burn to the ground. Firefighters were not adequately equipped to fight a blaze of that magnitude. Over the years, the fire department’s shortfalls have not gone without criticism but much of what the department needs has not been provided. In the wake of the recent fire in San Pedro Town, Belize Telemedia Limited has decided to donate two fire trucks to the island’s fire department. According to B.T.L.’s C.E.O., Rochus Schreiber, the two fire trucks have been identified.
Rochus Schreiber, C.E.O., B.T.L.
“San Pedro is the driving engine for tourism in the country. It is also one of the most important areas and the first area where we started rolling out DigiNet, the fiber network. Last year we connect San Pedro via submarine fiber link to the mainland and to the rest of the world. So for us it was very concerning when we saw the tragedies which have unfolded recently regarding the fire. So after the first fire where there was a loss of life we approached the San Pedro Mayor and the Government asking how can we help? What can we do to help you to address these issues? Between the Mayor of San Pedro and the Fire Department, they identified their most urgent needs. Then together with them we worked out on how we help them to find those trucks, how to find the financing for those trucks and deliver them as quickly as possible to San Pedro. I don’t have exactly when the trucks will arrive but I know they have already been identified. We ready to pay for them as soon as they are ready to be shipped over to Belize.”
“These trucks are being bought from where, the cost of these two trucks?”
“The details of where they have been bought and the cost of the trucks is with the fire department and I do not want to go into that area but it is a significant investment that we are making into the safety and security of the people of San Pedro.”
Schreiber expects the two fire trucks to be in San Pedro before Christmas.