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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.

Fire chief departs; ministry searching for replacement

The Ministry of Home Affairs said it will announce on Friday a new acting fire chief to replace David Hails, whose three-year contract expires on the same day.

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 chief gives update on smoldering tire-fill site

Though the smoldering tire-derived aggregate fire in the South Sound area is largely extinguished, there were still four “hot spots” at the site that were dug out and cooled Monday morning, according to Chief Fire Officer David Hails.

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.

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.

Landfill reopens after fire

The Department of Environmental Health reopened the George Town landfill and its public drop-off point Thursday after closing the site when a fire broke out there around noon on Wednesday.

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.

Government inks $5.9 million deal for new emergency radio system

Government has signed a $5.9 million contract with Motorola Solutions to provide the territory with what officials say will be “the most advanced and modern radio system in the Caribbean.”

Lightning strikes prison storage building

Supplies were destroyed and computer and telephone services were knocked out to Northward Prison early Wednesday after a lightning strike that sparked a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

17 firefighter recruits graduate

Chief Fire Officer David Hails presented a stark choice to the 17 new firefighters at a graduation ceremony on Friday when he asked them to consider what they will one day tell their grandchildren about how they spent their career.

From fighting fire to search and rescue

Six firefighters are undergoing intensive training this week to equip themselves for a new search and rescue role on Cayman’s coastal waters. The group is being trained in handling boats and WaveRunners, marine navigation and rehearsing search and rescue.

EDITORIAL – Fire service overtime: 69,000 hours … 69,000 hours?!

Almost as bad as the fire service’s reliance on overtime is the explanation offered for it – that some firefighters have taken high numbers of sick days.

Investigations continue into Fire Service vehicle crash

Police and the Fire Service are carrying out separate investigations into a road traffic accident in which a fire rescue vehicle collided with a bicycle and a utility pole in West Bay on Monday morning. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday evening, the ministry is working with the two departments to ensure the incident is “thoroughly investigated.”

Brac airport reopens 2 weeks after fire truck crash

Brac’s airport reopened over the weekend to commercial jet services after a replacement fire truck arrived from Little Cayman. The airport had been open to small aircraft only since a fire truck flipped over on the runway about two weeks ago, causing the temporary closure of the facility.

EDITORIAL – Firefighters’ three-alarm mold emergency

People who become professional firefighters expect to encounter certain occupational hazards. Mold, however, isn’t one of them.

Mold found in all fire stations

Significant mold damage has been found in all three Grand Cayman fire stations, Chief Fire Officer David Hails confirmed last week.

New fire chief begins work

Although he does not have a uniform yet, new Cayman Islands Chief Fire Officer David Hails officially started work on Tuesday.

New chief in town

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