On Sunday, 21st November, 2021, shortly after 6 a.m., the Grand Bahama Fire Services received a call that the International Bazaar was engulfed in flames. Upon arrival to the Bazaar, firefighters encountered a massive blaze, and requested urgent assistance from two industrial companies on the island, the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Buckeye Bahamas Hub.
I am advised that the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Buckeye responded immediately and dispatched fire trucks to the International Bazaar, bringing additional water to assist fire fighters in containing the blaze.
A relay water system was assembled connecting the Grand Bahama Fire Services truck to Buckeye and Grand Bahama Shipyard trucks, to quickly provide additional water and increase the water pressure flowing to fire hoses.
As firefighters worked feverishly to contain the blaze, I prayed for their safety and I am thankful to the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Buckeye for their quick response and much needed assistance. This is public-private partnership at its best.
Under the Christie Administration, a new fire station was built, and fire trucks purchased, to ensure that our firemen were equipped. My Ministry will immediately review all aspects of this catastrophe with the relevant authorities to formulate a plan that will bring a resolution to the recurring issues encountered by Grand Bahama Fire Services.
The Honourable Ginger M. Moxey, M.P.
Minister for Grand Bahama