Social media, particularly, Facebook is the go-to platform to bring issues to light. Yesterday, the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast, Orlando Habet, posted pictures of what is supposedly the fire station for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cayo District. The pictures show broken plumbing, crumbling walls, deteriorating concrete and an environment utterly unfit to house the firemen. In his post, Habet demanded that the Government address this issue that not only gives the fire fighters low morale but it poses a health risk.
Orlando Habet Standard Bearer for Cayo North Belize: “The San Ignacio Fire station has been in a dilapidated condition for the past 8 to 10 years possibly and it’s just seeming to get worse. I’m cognizant of the fact that they have been informed that BWSL will be taking over the compound and they will be relocated but this has been going on for the past five or six years. They have been informed that the relocation spot will be somewhere behind the set compound. A parcel of land which CET had obtained from a portion that was the larger Victor Galvez stadium. My understanding is that they have been maintaining the area but no construction has commenced. By speaking to a few of the fireman a few days ago they informed me that they have been informed that pretty soon they will be relocated somewhere close to the Santa Rita and San Ignacio but that they will be put under a tent and they are concerned because it is not safe for one and they don’t know how they will be able to stay there during the time when it is raining or when the sun is really hot, how they will move out if it’s a tent and it’s canvas, even that is viable to catch fire and there is no safety and security for them either.”
According to the minister with responsibility for the National Fire Service, the station would be relocated behind the Centre for Employment Training in San Ignacio Town; finding the funds for it, however, is another story.