Carnival Cruise Line and the Turks and Caicos Islands welcomed the arrival today of a donated fire truck for the Grand Turk Domestic Fire Services during a ceremony at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, with Mardi Gras docked in the background.
Carnival partnered with The City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department to secure the donation and coordinated shipping of the truck. The first Grand Turk Domestic Fire Services was established three years ago, and today has six personnel trained to provide fire-rescue services. Currently, the department has one fire truck assigned to them. The newly donated truck will also be solely assigned to the Domestic Fire Services and will be used to serve the community.
“The addition of this truck is a critical step towards protecting lives and safeguarding property in Grand Turk and advances the top priority of this ministry to ensure an effective response to emergencies and fire suppression across the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Hon. Minister Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation, Broadcasting, Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.
“We are deeply grateful to Carnival for securing this welcomed donation and for the efforts of the City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department with this incredible gift to our community. This donation enhances the positive impact of Carnival in Grand Turk far beyond its operations by contributing to the well-being of our residents.”
The 15-ton fire truck was built by Pierce Manufacturing and can hold 500 gallons of water. At Carnival’s request, the City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department donated the truck with support from the City of Miami Commission. The Department has also offered to train Grand Turk firefighters on how to operate it.