The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service received 16 much-needed defibrillators.
The devices, which are used to revive the heart of a person in cardiac arrest, were presented by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John Rankin, CMG, who was accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Works and Utilities, the Honorable Kye M. Rymer.
Rescue equipment was donated by Scotland Fire and Rescue Service. Charities in the United Kingdom (UK) worked with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to transport the defibrillators to the territory.
Governor Rankin said the donation was a great example of collaboration between the UK fire service and the Virgin Islands.
“I would like to thank everyone involved,” the Governor said, adding: “These defibrillators were donated by the Fire and Rescue Service of Scotland, but the arrangement stems from a long-standing relationship between the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service. Rescue service formed following hurricanes Irma and Maria. I’m glad the relationship is still thriving today and helped provide this life-saving equipment. »
The Minister of Transportation, Works and Utilities, the Honorable Kye M. Rymer, expressed his gratitude and described the exercise as a proud moment.
The Honorable Rymer said, “We are pleased to receive this kind donation and understand the importance of these defibrillators to the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service. The minister said it was a timely donation for the department as he is currently undertaking heart training. “We appreciate the 16 defibrillators and are pleased to continue the relationship that has been forged since the 2017 hurricanes between the fire departments. Thank you on behalf of the government and the fire department,” said the Honorable Rymer .
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Mr Zebalon McLean also expressed his gratitude on behalf of his officers for the donation.
“This donation is the latest of many given to the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service by organizations across the UK. The defibrillators will help save lives; my officers and I are keen to support them. commissioning as soon as possible,” said Chief McLean.
The mission of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service is to save and protect life, minimize property damage by preventing and extinguishing fires; perform rescue operations and perform other humanitarian services to protect the community from the effects of civil emergencies.
Photo No. 1 included: His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John Rankin, CMG, Fire Chief, Mr. Zebalon McLean and Minister of Transportation, Works and Utilities each hold a defibrillator which has been donated to the service of Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue by the Fire and Rescue Service of Scotland.
Picture 2 featured: Fire Chief Mr Zebalon McLean inspecting the 16 defibrillators which were donated by Fire and Rescue Service Scotland to Virgin Fire and Rescue Services through a long-standing relationship between the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services which were formed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.