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200% increase in 9-1-1 calls following quake

Cayman’s 9-1-1 emergency call centre experienced a 200% increase in calls in the hour following last week’s 7.7 magnitude earthquake, according to officials.

Fire Service asks public not to tackle big fires

The Cayman Islands Fire Service is urging members of the public to leave the task of putting out fires to the professionals.

New police helicopter touches down

Cayman’s new Royal Cayman Islands Police helicopter arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday, greeted with a water cannon salute by the Fire Service.

No more smoke at shredded tire fire

Sprinkler system being installed to help prevent future fires

Search for man missing at sea called off

The search for 54-year-old Linvol Smith, missing in waters off Cayman Brac since Friday, has been called off.
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Bodden Town car fire adds to growing list

A vehicle was found on fire in Bodden Town around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, marking the seventh such incident in less than a month.

Cayman’s most memorable photos of 2017

From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.
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Three injured in fire

Three people were injured after a fire broke out at a small residence behind Archie’s Bar on Shedden Road on Wednesday morning.

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.

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.

Hundreds of chickens killed, farmers narrowly escape fire

Three farm workers fled from a burning building in Northward, Bodden Town, last week in a blaze that killed more than 200 chickens in a coop next door. Cayman firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call from 911 shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, May 12, according to Deputy Fire Chief Dwayne Ebanks.

Cayman fire officer receives peer counselling training  

A Cayman Islands Fire Service officer is heading off island to receive further training as a chaplain in an effort to support his fellow fire officers. Fire Officer Shimar Harding said there are plenty of instances in which local firefighters need counseling.

Brac fire truck accident forces flight cancellations

A fire truck flipped over on the runway at Cayman Brac’s airport during what officials described as a “mandatory speed test” Thursday morning.

UK Coastguard reviewing Cayman’s search and rescue capabilities

Officers from the United Kingdom Coastguard arrived in the Cayman Islands this week to review the country’s search and rescue capabilities. The police came under fire earlier this year when three men and two boys, ages 9 and 11, went missing at sea and emergency searchers did not deploy until the next morning.

Fire Service recruitment under way

A total of 79 applicants are vying for 15 positions in the Cayman Islands Fire Service, as the department aims to fill some long-standing vacancies. In 2013, chronic short-staffing led to a one-year overtime bill of nearly $1 million for the Fire Service.

War dead to be honored on Remembrance Sunday

The annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, to pay tribute to war veterans. The ceremony will be held at the cenotaph outside Elmslie Memorial Church in George Town, starting at 10:45 a.m.

Police: Mobile homes abandoned ‘for years’

Two mobile homes that police said had been abandoned for at least two years burned in a fire in North Side district late last week.

Storage site ‘not on radar’ for petroleum inspectors

Although officials were still investigating the incident, Cayman Islands petroleum inspectors confirmed that the site of a massive fire in Savannah Meadows last week was “not on the radar” of local fuel and gas regulators before Wednesday.

Government inspectors looking into Savannah fire

Cayman Islands Chief Petroleum Inspector Duke Munroe confirmed Thursday that his agency would be reviewing a large container fire in the Savannah Meadows area.

Massive fire follows container blast

Two storage containers caught fire following an explosion Wednesday afternoon in the Savannah area.

Fire damages Treats restaurant

A fire Tuesday evening damaged Treats restaurant in the West Shore Center on West Bay Road. No one was injured in the blaze.

EDITORIAL – ‘Playing with fire’: The lessons from Cruz Lane

In just minutes, fires ravaged a number of side-by-side homes on Cruz Lane, leaving their inhabitants homeless, helpless, and bewildered.

Three years on, fire service remains short-staffed

Chronic short-staffing problems that led to a one-year overtime bill of nearly $1 million for the Cayman Islands Fire Service still exist at the department, three years after government auditors identified the issue and managers promised to correct it.

Fire Service installs free smoke detectors

The Fire Service recently installed free smoke detectors in a number of homes on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac as part of its fire prevention and safety awareness drive.

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