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Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, is expressing confidence that the long-awaited construction of the Barnett Street Fire Station in St. James will be completed in a few months.

The fire station, which was closed in 2006, was demolished to make way for the construction of a modern facility.

However, construction work was stopped due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister McKenzie says there were no cost overruns despite the challenges faced from the pandemic.

Desmond McKenzie, Local Government Minister.

The over $500 million dollar project is being undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, JSIF’s, Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Programme.

Omar Sweeney is JSIF’s Managing Director.

Omar Sweeney, JSIF Managing Director.

When completed, the fire station will house 200 firefighters, a gym, and offices.

It will serve the needs of approximately 2 hundred thousand residents across 78 communities.

Minister McKenzie says a similar approach will be replicated for the fire station in Papine, St Andrew.