3 promoted at fire service

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has promoted three senior officers to higher-ranking positions:

Rosworth McLaughlin has been appointed as now deputy chief fire officer – administration, Doorly McLaughlin has been appointed as deputy chief fire officer – domestic, and Steve Webster has been appointed as deputy chief fire officer – aerodrome.

‘These promotions will help to bring Fire Services’ strategic planning forward,’ said CIFS Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden.

‘They will also secure succession planning, and help to enhance teamwork, as well as achieve compliance with all the new regulations within government.’

All three senior fire officers have each served CIFS for some three decades. They began their careers as firemen, moving on through the ranks to become sub-officers, station officers and then divisional officers.

Mr. Rosworth McLaughlin’s new administrative responsibilities will comprise oversight of the CIFS budget, management of Freedom of Information issues, and all Human Resources-related matters, including staff training.

Mr. Rosworth McLaughlin said: ‘In this new position I expect to contribute primarily in the area of strategic planning, and to facilitate additional CIFS twenty-first century development by building on the existing foundation.’

Mr. Doorly McLaughlin’s new responsibilities relate to domestic fire services, enforcement of fire codes and fire investigation activities.

Mr. Doorly McLaughlin said: ‘I am proud that implementing fire codes has already enhanced fire safety and in this respect, Cayman is one of the best places in Caribbean.’

Mr. Webster will now be responsible for all aerodrome fire service. He has previously been involved in compiling the Fire Service’s aerodrome operational manual, and is accustomed to selecting the required fire vehicles and ensuring that they are all fully equipped according to standards.

All three deputy chief fire officers believe that when one enters the fire service, one should be motivated by the desire to save lives and properties.

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