Fire and Rescue Services respond to downtown emergency

For several moments, many persons witnessing the appearance of a fire fighting truck of the St. Kitts-Nevis Fire and Rescue Services responding to an emergency at the Prison were concerned that an incident had occured inside. They were relieved to find out that it was all part of the Tradewinds 2015 exercises.

Road access from the Bakers’ Corner round-a-bout and at the top of West Independence Square Street, were quickly blocked and manned by Police, as the emergency responders arrived on the scene.

The exercise included participants from other Caribbean countries, and it simulated a major fire erupting in the confines of the Prison, an officer told However, the officer could not provide further details.

Meanwhile, maritime exercises are being conducted, as representatives of several Caribbean islands participate in the US Southern Command sponsored training exercises.

Earlier, five 33-foot Special Purpose Craft (SPC) and boats from 13 other Caribbean countries, as well as the US Coast Guard, practiced stopping “non-compliant vessels” at Christophe Harbour.

Fire-and-Rescue-2A source indicated that the tactics practiced are usually used in stopping vessels suspected of carrying narcotics, or for stopping migrant vessels. understands that five SPC vessels used in the exercise are from the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard, the Grenada Coast Guard, the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force. They are said to be the same type of boats used by the U.S. Coast Guard in their law enforcement patrols.

Tradewinds 2015, with over 700 personnel participating, continues in St. Kitts until 9th June. Phase II will include maritime and land operations, including the U.S. Marines. This segment will occur in Belize, 15th to 24th June.

A third phase is a “Key Leader Seminar”, which will be conducted 14th to 15th July, in Miami for key stakeholders and decision makers from the region.

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