By John Denny Observer Reporter
(Newcastle, Nevis) ” With the addition of a new fire truck, everyone is breathing a little easier at the Vance Amory Airport these days. “This has raised our rating from five to eight,” said Nevis Air and Seaport Authority General Manager Spencer Hanley. “When we only had one truck” if it would have broken down, we would have had to close the airport until it was fixed. It is much like having a spare tire for your car. If you don’t have one and you get a flat, you can’t drive until you fix it.” Premier Joseph Parry received the keys and cut the ribbon to commission the US$575,000, 2008 E 1 Titan 6×6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting apparatus on August 14 at the airport at Newcastle. Thursday Online Code for Issue # 721 is RBC “I am very happy this afternoon to stand here before you with this truck in the background. It is a brand new truck which has been brought here by the Nevis Island Administration…We decided to spend the money, we decided we wanted to have a truck to bring the services up to grade five so that the airport can be opened at all times…We have ensured today that the [American] Eagle would land at anytime, once the Eagle wishes to come to Nevis and to this airport,” he said. Mr. Parry urged Nevisians to join the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services. He commended all who ensured that the services at the airport were restored quickly and pointed to personnel at the Fire Services Department and said they had been operating in trying circumstances. “These men have worked very hard, very long hours and they have given dedicated service to this island of Nevis and since we are speaking of these men and many of them are Kittitians, I want” to the people of Nevis both men and women to join the Fire Services,” he said. Future plans include a good fire truck in Charlestown and an extension of the Fire Services to the areas of Newcastle and Gingerland for quick response and to give full service to the island. Although the equipment was costly, for true development to take place on Nevis, adequate services had to be provided, he said. “This government is all about training…We have dedicated ourselves to education and training because we know that is the key to upward mobility and the key to development. I can assure you that we have established our priorities and our priorities are in technical training, vocational training and engineering,” he said. “The problem is for some reason, many persons are running away from Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. They don’t have the basic subjects to do these courses. That is the problem that we face at this moment. “So I am now appealing to the parents to work on the children to pay attention to mathematics and on the sciences so that we can have more persons to train in these areas. In the mean time we continue to train our people, it will be for the benefit of our country.”