Groundbreaking ceremony held for Fire Station

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 33            August 17, 2000

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The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new San Pedro Fire Station was officially held last Thursday. Present for the ceremony were Belize National Fire Service Chief Mr. Henry Baizer; his worship Alberto Nuñez, Mayor of San Pedro Town; Area Representative Patty Arceo; Assistant Superintendent of Police, Michael Gutierrez; Mr. Ramon Nuñez Sr. and many other invited guests.

    The construction of the new fire station, already in progress, is being funded by the Government of Belize. The new facility is estimated to be completed in a four-month period and upon its completion will house an office, sleeping quarters, station and parking area, storeroom and recreational facilities.

    The ceremony served a dual purpose as a second fire truck arrived in San Pedro and was officially presented to the Belize National Fire Chief. The truck which was recently given to San Pedro is a donation from the Mayor of Cherryville, North Carolina. Mr. Robby Robson, a friend and visitor to our town and Mr. Ramon Nuñez of San Pedro Town joined forces in acquiring the much needed fire truck. During the ceremony Mr. Ramon Nuñez officially handed over the keys of the truck to Mr. Henry Baizer of the Belize National Fire Service. San Pedro is now the proud owner of two fire trucks; the second one being a brand new one donated by the Government of Belize, which arrived in San Pedro the end of July. The old fire truck has been sent back to Belize City where it will be used as a parts supplement vehicle.

    San Pedro Fire Chief Mr. Denice Plummer commented, "Now that we have the necessary equipment, we need volunteers. I encourage people to join us in our volunteer program." Anyone interested in volunteering their time to the fire department can join the volunteer program held at the headquarters every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for one-hour of basic fire drill training. The only traits needed are the energy and enthusiasm to help, but volunteers are required to be sixteen years or older. Anyone interested may call the fire chief at 026-2372.
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