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Jamaican Firemen

Yes I have to admit, firemen ARE hotter in Jamaica :-)

Picture of Jamaican fire truck

Picture of Jamaican fire truck

I’ve visited and toured two fire halls in Jamaica; Negril and Ocho Rios. Both welcomed us with typical Jamaican hospitality. In Negril I was just walking down the hill from the home I was staying at when I noticed the station. So I just decided to walk in and ask if I could look around. The firefighters on duty were more than happy to let us come in and hang out.

Negril Fire Station

Negril Fire Station

We met two of the on-duty firemen who looked glad to have some company. They put on their uniforms and posed for pictures, one of them slid down the pole to entertain us and we just sat and chatted for a while. They actually invited us back the next day to play dominos, which is really popular game in the Caribbean.

Picture of Negril Firemen

Picture of Negril Firemen

On a separate trip 4 months after touring the Negril fire station, I was staying in Ocho Rios. It was our second night in Ochi when we met another firefighter completely by accident, as posted here in my Oceans 11 post. After meeting and hanging out with Adrian, the firefighter, he invited us to the Ocho Rios station whenever we felt like having a tour. So about a week later we made our way over there and met several of the on-duty firefighters that night.

Me and firefighter Adrian, out on the town.

Me and firefighter Adrian, out on the town.

He brought us into the station and gave us a really comprehensive rundown of life as a firefighter in Jamaica. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be any different from the same job in North America, but it all pretty much sounded the same. He let us sit in the truck for pictures, explained to us the area this station covers – which to my surprise was quite a large area, stretching into the next parish of St Mary. Fire stations aren’t as widespread in Jamaica which is unfortunate because that would make for worse response times.

in-fire-truck

Since I read Jamaican newspapers every day and keep up with the happenings there, I have a great deal of respect for what firefighters do on a regular basis in Jamaica. Traffic accidents and fatalities are rather high due to poor road conditions in some areas and I have no doubt these guys keep busy with their jobs.

I still keep in touch on a regular basis with Adrian as well. He’s turned into one of our great friends on the island.


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3 Comments

  1. I would like to be a fireman

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  2. I am a firefighter in San Antonio TX , so of course when my wife and I went to Ocho Rios we had to meet the boys, Like you said, same job, great guys, showed us around then we went out and caught up with the rest of them on a fire in the “fern-gully” as they call it. And there was definitely a game of dominos going at the station as well.

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  3. Hey John that’s awesome! Was this your first time meeting firefighters from a different country? What did you think of the station? These guys were great and so welcoming. And Fern gully is beautiful! I’m happy you got the experience to hang with them for a while!

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