Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, says the inaction of the former Jamaica Labour Party, JLP administration is to be blamed for the poor state of the island’s fire service.

A recent performance audit report by Auditor General Pamela Munroe Ellis’ office painted a picture of a weak and unprepared emergency response service.

The report says 36-percent of the Fire Brigade’s emergency vehicle fleet is currently out of service and the service is also badly affected by a shortage of ambulances.

Minister Arscott is laying the blame at the feet of the JLP.

The Auditor General also reported to Parliament that the fire brigade currently does not have adequate fire boats to carry out emergency rescue operations.

The report from the Auditor General notes that there’s only one fire boat that’s currently at the pier in the tourist resort town of Ocho Rios. But, that unit has been out of service.

Minister Arscott says the current PNP administration is moving to address the situation regarding fireboats.

Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government, speaking yesterday at the Jamaica House media briefing.