Saturday, May 25, 2024

San Pedro Fire Department

Fires destroy homes in San Pedro; victims need help

Three fires in one week have left families across San Pedro Town without homes and belongings. The first occurred in San Pedrito on Monday, June 19th, with a second fire within the DFC area on Thursday, June 22nd. The third blaze was reported in San Mateo on Saturday, June 24th. Local organizations have helped the fire victims, but more assistance is needed. The fire victims in San Pedrito can be assisted by calling 629-4176, while those from the second fire can contact Mirella Bacab at 628-9628 and 637-2247; or deposits can be made to her Atlantic Bank Account, Mirella Bacab, #211874774. Those affected in San Mateo can be assisted by contacting Leticia Chimilio at 639-0266.

Fire leaves family in San Pedrito area homeless

A fire that gutted a home in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town on Monday, June 19th, is being investigated as possible arson. The blaze destroyed the structure leaving a family of three homeless and needing assistance. Anyone able and willing to help can call 629-4276. According to neighbours trying to assist the victims, a couple with their young child lost everything and are asking for donations, mainly clothes in the following sizes, XL for women, large for men, and size 7 for children. Donations can be left at Casey's Bar and Grill at the entrance of San Pedrito.

Investigation reveals early morning fire in DFC home was deliberately ignited

An investigation led by the local fire service into the cause of a blaze that destroyed four golf carts and damaged the front part of a house in the DFC subdivision south of San Pedro Town has been classified as an incendiary (arson) fire. The tragedy significantly affected Evelyn Cordon, 37, and her family. They need help, and if anyone can assist, they can be reached at 614-7280.

Charity event in support of San Pedro police and fire services raises $13k

A charity event dubbed ‘First Responders,’ held on Friday, January 20th, to support members of the San Pedro police and fire service, collected $13,000. The Playa de Sala Adults-Only Boutique Hotel hosted the first-ever event to recognize the hard work both police officers and firefighters do in San Pedro. All the proceeds will benefit these two institutions. As part of the fundraising campaign, a calendar was launched featuring the first responders.

New Fire Chief organizes Fire Safety Awareness fair

Newly installed station officer at the San Pedro Fire Department, Orin Smith, has partnered with stakeholders on the island to conduct a fire safety awareness fair at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The fair will be held on Friday, October 14th, at the Saca Chispas field and will include presentations from the fire department. Residents will also be able to acquire fire extinguishers at discounted prices, and there will be training to learn how to use them.

Meet San Pedro’s new Fire Chief, Orin Smith

The San Pedro Fire Department has a new station officer and supervisor, Chief Orin Smith. A veteran in the national fire service, Smith hails from Belize City and has taken over the position held by Gladstone Bucknor, who manned the island’s sub-station from July 2018. Smith comes to the island with over 22 years of experience, having served in various municipalities across the country. He looks forward to working with the San Pedro community and implementing programs to benefit the residents.

Wildfire fire north of Ambergris Caye contained by residents and the fire department; slash-and-burn practice is illegal

Over the weekend, on Saturday, April 9th, several residents in northern Ambergris Caye scrambled to tackle a wildfire threatening to spread to nearby homes. It is uncertain how it started, but residents believe it was intended to clear bushy properties. If this is the case, the San Pedro Fire Department advises people that it is illegal to set fires and should be reported to their facilities on Pescador Drive or call 206-2372.

Early morning fire at DFC subdivision destroys grocery store

The San Pedro Fire Department is investigating a fire that consumed a wooden structure with zinc roofing a few hours before dawn on Thursday, September 2nd, in the DFC area south of San Pedro Town. The gutted structure served as a small grocery shop, and although it was near other buildings, the blaze was extinguished before it could spread. No one was injured, but the material losses are estimated to be over $25,000.