Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will be spending significant sums to improve the condition of fire stations across the island.

He notes that repair work is already underway at the Buff Bay and Port Antonio stations in Portland,.

He says more than $6-million will be spent to construct a perimeter fence at the Negril facility in Westmoreland.

Minister Mckenzie says funding has been provided to upgrade the courtyard at the Junction Fire Station in St. Elizabeth and he has asked the Mayor of Black River to provide an estimate to undertake repairs at the Black River station.

He says funds will also be provided to retrofit two fire units in Westmoreland so that they can be brought back into use.

Minister McKenzie was speaking at a ceremony at the Junction Fire Station on Friday.

Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, officially handed over three fire-fighting trucks and a water tanker to serve St. Elizabeth and adjoining parishes at the ceremony.