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Heat spot detected near landfill fire site

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has said it will continue damping operations overnight at the George Town landfill after heat signatures were detected in a new area near the site of Wednesday's fire.

Scrap-metal landfill fire extinguished

Last week’s scrap-metal fire at the George Town landfill has been fully extinguished, and the Cayman Islands Fire Service says there is now “minimum chance of re-ignition”.

Brac fire station to get upgrade

Government has issued a request for proposals seeking applications from local contractors to upgrade the existing facility near the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport

Updated: Windsor Park brushfire extinguished

A brushfire Windsor Park has been brought under control, but fire crews will remain at the scene until it is deemed there is no further risk to the surrounding area.

Brac gets new fire truck

One of Cayman's new fire trucks was delivered to Cayman Brac over the weekend.

Fire officers cleared to sue government

A court has given two fire officers permission to sue government for breach of statutory duty after they were injured during a maintenance exercise that ended with their fire truck overturning.

Phone battery sparks fire at landfill

A discarded cellphone battery is believed to have caused a small fire at the George Town Landfill earlier this afternoon (18 Jan.).

Regiment gets firefighting training

Members of the Cayman Islands Regiment received a day of firefighting training from the Cayman Islands Fire Service earlier this month.

7 new fire vehicles arrive on island

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has added three tankers and four rapid intervention vehicles, costing a total of more than CI$2.5 million, to its fire-fighting fleet.

Firemen raise over $5K in inaugural walk

With helmets in hands, Cayman's firemen pounded the pavement Monday to raise funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Firemen to hold 5K fundraiser for Crisis Centre

Local firemen will don their fire equipment for a 5-kilometre trek through George Town this Monday to raise funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Fire chief gets two more years

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker has been granted a new two-year contract ending September 2022, the Ministry of Financial Services and Home Affairs announced Wednesday.

Cayman’s new fire trucks arrive

Cayman's Aerodrome Fire Unit now has three new trucks in its fleet.

UPDATE: No smoke or fire detected at landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service observed the George Town landfill overnight and reported that no smoke or fire remained at the site as of Sunday morning. 

Fire Service issues warning as bonfires increase

Residents who under curfew regulations can no longer take garden waste to the landfill or have it removed by landscapers have been burning the rubbish in bonfires in their yards, according to Cayman Islands Fire Services officials.

Landfill blaze extinguished after 12 days

The major landfill fire that erupted Saturday, 7 March, forcing road and school closures and resident evacuations in George Town, has now been extinguished, a government press release said on Wednesday.
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‘Cayman kindness’ shown to landfill-fire crews

Residents and local companies show their Cayman-kindness to firefighters and DEH crews battling the fire at the George Town landfill.

Simms: Landfill fire can happen again

Department of Environmental Health Director Richard Simms said there are no guarantees that once the current landfill fire is doused there will not be another one.
Smoke continues to emit from the George Town landfill

UPDATED: Smoke still rising from landfill

Smoke continues to emit from the George Town landfill while the Esterley Tibbetts Highway remained open, alleviating the congestion seen Monday.

Report: Sparks ignited landfill blaze

A fire in the vehicle recycling plant at the George Town landfill on 24 Jan. was caused by sparks which occurred while a car was being crushed, according to the results of a Cayman Islands Fire Service investigation.

Update: Fire fighters remain at landfill fire site

Officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service remained at the site of a fire that has been burning for three days at the George Town landfill on Monday afternoon.

Landfill fire investigation under way

An investigation into last month’s fire at the landfill is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, according to officials at the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

21 new firefighters join Fire Service

Following a week during which firefighters tackled a major blaze at the landfill and dealt with the fallout from a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, the Cayman Islands Fire Service has some reinforcements, with 21 recruits graduating and joining the team.

UPDATED: Landfill fire contained, monitoring continues

Officials say the blaze at the vehicle recycling plant is under control, but smoke is still likely to be seen throughout Saturday.

Ringing in the new year with a bang

The ease of access and relative personal freedom to enjoy the use of fireworks when and where one feels, has made them a mainstay in Cayman’s celebrations. However, the Cayman Islands Fire Service is reminding the public to take care when using fireworks. Fire Service officials say young children should never be allowed to handle fireworks, and older children should be closely supervised when using them. Do not use fireworks while drunk or impaired, and never light them indoors. Fire official also warn against holding lighted fireworks in your hands, and never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Firefighters test new ‘jaws of life’ equipment

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has new extrication equipment that can slice open a car in a matter of minutes to remove a trapped person.

New interim fire chief officially on duty

Cayman’s new interim chief fire officer, Paul Walker, is officially on the job. Walker, the former chief fire officer at the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom, took up office last Monday.

Fire Service responds to repeat landfill fire

The Cayman Islands Fire Service responded to the second landfill fire in just over a week on Thursday.

Firefighters tackle blazes at landfill

Firefighters responded to the George Town landfill Wednesday for a series of fires, according to a government news release.

21 new Caymanian recruits at Fire Service

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has recruited 21 new fire officers.

Three Caymanians promoted within the Fire Service

Three Caymanians have been appointed as division managers for the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Savannah residents learn how to assist in emergencies

The newest members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) graduated last week from the programme at the Bodden Town Civic Centre.

Fire extinguished at apartment in Prospect

A fire broke out at a Lantern Point apartment in Prospect Saturday afternoon. 

Officers check liquor-licensed premises

On Friday, 19 July, police officers joined with staff from the Department of Commerce and Investment and the Cayman Islands Fire Service to conduct checks of liquor-licensed premises in George Town.

Veteran UK firefighter named Cayman chief

A veteran UK firefighter has been hired to lead the Cayman Islands Fire Service on a one-year contract.
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Small fire extinguished at landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service extinguished a small surface fire at the George Town landfill on Tuesday evening.

New acting fire chief, deputies named

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has new leadership. Brevon Elliot has been named as the acting chief fire officer and the deputy chief fire officer for aviation.

Fire Service looks to groom new leadership

The Ministry of Financial Services and Home Affairs sent a notice late last month inviting Cayman Islands Fire Service personnel to participate in coaching for the positions of captain and lieutenant.
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Fire, ambulance, police now have same dispatch system

The Cayman Islands Fire Service dispatch system is now one and the same as the dispatch systems for police and ambulance services.

Acting chief fire officer appointed to replace Hails

Divisional Officer Witney Tatum has been appointed as the acting chief of the Cayman Islands Fire Service effective Friday.

Hails: Fire officers mishandled airport landing

Government said on Friday that it will investigate a November incident where Cayman Islands Fire Service officers allegedly followed improper protocol for the landing of a 767 jet at Owen Roberts International Airport, and where fire service records on the incident were later altered.

Fire Service says residents were safe from quarry fire

A quarry fire in Bodden Town that smoldered for several weeks was never a risk to residents in the surrounding areas, according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Arson suspected in car fire

Police are investigating a Saturday morning arson of a car in George Town.
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Small fire lit, extinguished at Northward

A small fire was lit Thursday evening in a cell by an inmate at the men’s prison, HMP Northward, according to a government press release. Emergency services were called and the Cayman Islands Fire Service attended the scene to confirm the fire was extinguished.

UPDATE: Fire Service watches ‘hot spots’ in South Sound tire-fill fire

A fire that had been smoldering in a pile of shredded tires in South Sound since at least Thursday was extinguished on Saturday, according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Shredded tire fire in South Sound

Cayman Islands firefighters have extinguished a fire at a smoldering mound of shredded tires in South Sound.

​Jackhammer thief gets suspended sentence

A former employee of the Cayman Islands Fire Service received a one-month suspended sentence on Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing a jackhammer from the Fire Service.

Police: Prospect house fire ‘arson’

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating a suspected arson in Prospect, George Town Tuesday night.

Fire Service team tests its search and rescue capabilities

Swimmers and beachgoers in the territory’s waters should feel safer, as the Cayman Islands Fire Service now has the training and capacity to carry out inshore search and rescue missions.

Emergency services launch mock rescue exercise

Officers from the Fire Service, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Department of Public Safety Communications (911) gather at the waterfront in West Bay Wednesday afternoon to take part in a mock near-shore search and rescue operation.
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Man arrested following West Bay fire

Police arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of arson after a residence in which 12 people were living was destroyed by fire Tuesday. The suspect was a resident of the property, police said.

Fire Service vehicle collides with SUV

A woman was slightly injured Tuesday afternoon when her Honda CR-V collided with an emergency fire vehicle at the intersection of Shedden and North Sound roads.
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Two West Bay homes catch fire Wednesday

Two house fires took place in West Bay on Wednesday morning, one on Birch Tree Hill Road and the other on Watercourse Road.

Home affairs: ‘Working fast’ to fix fire service

Some of the “significant uncertainty” referred to in a recent consultant study of the Cayman Islands Fire Service was on display during the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee hearings over the past two weeks, as committee members reviewed the findings from the $80,000 report.

Kirkland Nixon passes away

Kirkland Nixon, Cayman’s first chief fire officer, died on Monday, April 30. Mr. Nixon, who was in his early seventies, died at the Cayman Islands Hospital shortly before 7 a.m. after a short illness.

Update: Arrest made in police car arson

Police make a quick arrest in connection with an arson involving two patrol vehicles.
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Pickup truck fire extinguished in George Town

A Ford pickup truck in George Town was reported on fire early Monday morning.

Overnight quarry fire in East End extinguished

A brush fire reported in the East End district of Grand Cayman late Tuesday was extinguished after nine hours, fire officials said.
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Three car fires reported over Valentine’s Day

The Cayman Islands Royal Police Service reported three vehicle fires on Valentine’s Day.
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Third drowning in a week

Three people drowned in separate incidents after getting into difficulties while swimming or snorkeling in Cayman waters in a week – two on the same day.

PwC report: Staffing issues plague fire service

Cayman Islands Chief Fire Officer David Hails is under contract for just one more year, and five of the six senior officers directly reporting to him are currently “acting” – not permanently appointed – in those jobs. The situation has led to significant uncertainty in the Cayman Islands Fire Service, according to a report.

Senior police officer’s cars set alight

Police and the Cayman Islands Fire Service are investigating an early morning fire Sunday outside a home in Ryan’s Retreat in George Town that engulfed three cars, two of which belonged to a senior police officer.

EDITORIAL – ‘Matchstick homes’: A clear and present danger in Cayman

To prevent future conflagrations – and possible deadly tragedies – officials from relevant departments must step up to ensure that every dwelling in these islands is safe for human habitation.

Firefighters host annual toy giveaway

Grand Cayman’s Airport Park was filled with children, parents, firefighters and motorcycle enthusiasts on Saturday, Dec. 16, as the Cayman Islands Fire Service hosted its annual picnic and toy giveaway.

Prison building ‘beyond repair’ after lightning strike

A Sept. 27 lightning strike at Northward Prison has left the facility’s main supply storage building “beyond repair,” officials confirmed Tuesday.

Fire services review

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EDITORIAL – Fire service review: Shouldn’t Chief Hails be the ‘first responder?’

If the Ministry of Home Affairs has concerns about the fire service, the first call should be to Chief Hails. Ask what resources he needs to do his job, and then provide them.

Cayman Fire Service faces yet another review

About two years after a scathing report questioned the basic operational and management competencies at the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the department is facing another consultant study aimed at “ensuring the overall effectiveness” of local firefighting. The cost of the latest fire service review is $65,000.

Fire drills raise smoke

Plumes of dark smoke visible over George Town are part of training exercises for firefighter recruits, according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service. The exercises are being conducted at the training grounds behind Owen Roberts International Airport.
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Smoke rises from Fire Service exercises

Plumes of dark smoke visible over George Town are part of firefighter recruits’ training exercises.

EDITORIAL-We’ve got your number … Or wish we had

When the next emergency occurs, officials should use every tool at their disposal, via every medium to ensure vital information is being sent and received.

Firefighters tackle tank blaze at fuel terminal for eight hours

Firefighters battled for eight hours on Sunday and Monday to put out a fire inside a diesel tank at the Cayman Islands fuel depot at Jackson Point on South Church Street.

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