PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Thursday, January 19th, 2017 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority on Thursday commissioned a new rescue and fire fighting vehicle. The commissioning ceremony took place at the South Caicos Airport in the presence of government officials, and the authority’s directors, management and staff.
The vehicle was procured to boost the airport’s operating capacity in advance of the multimillion dollars upgrade to the airport runway and terminal building. The entire project forms part of the Turks and Caicos Islands government’s commitment to improve the aviation infrastructure in the nation.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Airports Authority CEO Mr. John Smith said “the presence of the fire truck in South Caicos signals the Authority’s commitment to the people of South Caicos and that this achievement is not the work of one individual, but by a group of people that we would like to acknowledge collectively.”
Mr. Smith thanked that staff, management team and board members of the Airports Authority for their tireless work to keep the organization growing. The chairman of the board, Mr. Gordon Burton, in his remarks admonished the firefighters to take good care of their new equipment as South Caicos is at the cusp of taking off.
The Honorable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson spoke at the event and reiterated her government’s intention to supply all that is needed to facilitate the local community as well as the business community which she hopes will soon grow. She remarked “I am happy for the people of South Caicos because when they leaned on us, we leaned on them. There has been frustrating months and years and we are happy that that may have come to an end.”
The fire truck arrived in South Caicos two weeks ago, but was ceremoniously handed over today by Maureen Allen, a representative of the manufacturer. Training for the vehicle operators and maintenance team will continue for the next week before the vehicle is entered into operations.