If you've noticed the closed gates and missing firetrucks at the old fire station near Atlantic Bank, that's because they have relocated. You may remember that the station was sold over a year ago, in March 2020, to Atlantic bank for 2.8 million dollars. That money was to be used to build another station - which has yet to start construction, despite the initial deadline for the firefighters to vacate being mid-December.
The bank gave them an extension and that time is up, meaning that the station had to be temporarily relocated. The administrative offices are now on Sunrise Avenue, and the firetrucks are at the Marion Jones Stadium.
But the Minister of Sustainable Development, whose ministry the fire service falls under, says they've already found the space to start building the new station. He spoke to us via Zoom:
Fire-fighters Not Happy with Marion Jones Location
News Five’s tip-line recently received reports from fire-fighters who describe the conditions at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex as deplorable. They claim no renovations have taken place and the welfare of those in the operational section is not being considered. News Five asked Fire Chief Colin Gillett about these reports. He says the situation is temporary during this transition period.
Colin Gillett, Fire Chief, National Fire Service
“The situation at Marion Jones is temporary. It’s only been a month or so and so we are still getting all the things we need put in place there to make them as comfortable as possible. We understand the work that they do and we try to make sure that they have everything they need to do their jobs properly. So in the next couple weeks or so, all the things that they have issues with should be fixed because it is still just a transition period. If you look here, this is just a house as a headquarters. So my secretary sits next to a kitchen. So transition period; it is understandable, but I just ask them to bear with us and we will get to that point.”