New Fire Chief for San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 5            February 1, 2001

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Fire Chief Joseph Vaccaro

Mr. Joseph Vaccaro has recently been appointed Fire Chief for the San Pedro Fire Department. Mr. Vaccaro replaces Denise Plummer who resigned from this position January 15th, 2001. Joseph has been "second in command" at this station since July 22nd, 2000. He also brings with him 17 years of experience, previously working for the Belize City Fire Department.

    Fire Chief Vaccaro stated that he will continue the weekly firefighter  training held every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays in order to keep volunteers in tip-top shape. Presently, the San Pedro Fire Department consists of eight trained volunteers, but additional volunteers are always welcome. As his plan of action, Mr. Vaccaro will soon begin  periodic checks of hotels and other businesses on the island to make sure they are equipped with the required safety apparatus in case of an emergency.

    For those who were alarmed by the sounds of sirens last Wednesday, Mr. Vaccaro explained that this is one of many simulated drills that will be done in the future to test the department's readiness. These drills will be supervised by a member of the Belize City Fire Department who will evaluate the local department after each drill. Chief Vaccaro also hopes to provide this community with periodic fire prevention tips through the San Pedro Sun.
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