Brickdam Police Station Fire: “We continue to provide service to the citizens of G/Town”- Commander McBean

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Divisional Commander Simon McBean

A massive fire earlier today destroyed 80 per cent of the Brickdam Police Station which is also the divisional headquarters for Police ‘A’Division. 

Divisional Commander Simon McBean has since assured that this will not affect the day-to-day operations of Police ranks as plans are in place to have the station relocated.

“We continue to provide service to the citizens of Georgetown. All our patrols are out and that will continue. We are working to relocate Brickdam [Police Station] so that reports can be accepted by members of the public. By the end of our meeting, we will come to a decision as to how we are going to do that relocation,” Commander McBean assured during an emergency press conference after the blaze.

“The Brickdam compound has 398 ranks that include traffic, impact base, CID, Commander’s office, and the Mess. We all know that Police operations depend on our records. As it is, we will have to do an inventory of what records we would have lost to the fire. But operationally, we will continue to do our day-to-day operations in the streets of Georgetown because most of our ranks were on the road on patrol when the incident happened. All our operational vehicles were saved so we don’t have an issue providing service to the community,” he added.

Also, during the emergency press conference, officials assured that all Police ranks and prisoners were accounted for. In addition, ranks were able to save some records and secure weapons. Several Government ministers were at the fire scene including Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn who has since disclosed that the station will be rebuilt.

The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) in a statement after the fire said that it is investigating the circumstances that led to a major fire at the Brickdam Police Station. The GFS said it received a call at 11:03 am and was alerted of a fire at the Brickdam Police Station. 

As such, water tenders #105, #76, and #113 from the Central Fire Station immediately responded to the scene. Subsequently, water tenders #102 from Alberttown Fire Station, #107 from West Ruimveldt Fire Station, #95 from Diamond Fire Station, #106 from Campbellville Fire Station, and #103 from Melanie Fire Station responded to the fire.

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