It has been no easy task for the Cayman Islands Fire Service, Department of Environmental Health and police crews to tackle the fire at the George Town landfill, and their collective efforts have not been lost on the Cayman community.
Over the last few days, since the massive fire erupted on Sunday afternoon, various companies and residents have demonstrated their ‘Cayman kindness’ to the crews through an outpouring of donations of food and water, and, in some cases, even lending support in the battle as a show of appreciation for their efforts.
“My colleagues and I from [the] Cayman Fire Service had been overwhelmed by the support of the public and local businesses who have been very generous in sending up drinks to keep the crews and our fellow co-workers hydrated and food to keep them nourished, so that they have energy to continue their firefighting,” Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said Monday afternoon during a media briefing at the landfill.
He said the outpouring of public support was appreciated.
The team at Mise en Place was among those who delivered hot meals to the crews on Monday.
General manager Robert van de Wouw said the catering service provides meals to several school cafeterias and businesses within the vicinity of the landfill and, on Monday, with some schools closing, the company had the capacity to provide 30 hot meals and soup to the firefighters.
“We appreciate all CIFS does and, as a community and particularly as a corporate citizen, we are pleased to support their heroic efforts during this challenging time. We felt the nourishment we can provide would be appreciated,” van de Wouw said.
DEH director Richard Simms added his thanks for the help, donations and good wishes of the public.
Simms said he was touched by the overwhelming support and assistance to the crews from the private sector.
“We had people coming in offering their heavy equipment, their excavators, their front loaders, as well as their dump trucks. I am entirely grateful to all of those personnel who came out and offered assistance to us,” he said.
“With their help, we were able to continue to ensure that this matter is kept under control and our operation continue as normal in short order,” he added.
RCIPS Detective Superintendent Pete Lansdown said his officers were also happy with the community’s generosity. He thanked everyone for their patience through the road closures and evacuations.
“I’m very proud of Mr. [Kenrick] Webster of Webster’s [Tours] who graciously offered the services of his vehicles to assist moving people out,” he added.