Ministry of National Security delivers new jet skis to Lifeguards

Port of Spain: The nation’s Lifeguards got a much needed boost to their capacity to manage water safety at the nation’s beaches on Thursday April 29, 2021, when Minister of National Security, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds M.P. handed over three (3) brand new jet skis to the Lifeguard Services Division of the Ministry of National Security.

Minister Hinds entrusted the three (3) Jet Skis into the care of representatives of the Lifeguard Services Division who were on hand to receive them. The handover ceremony took place at Greene’s General Cycle Ltd, located on H.E. Robinson Compound, #57 Old Southern Main Road, Curepe.

Delivering remarks at the handover ceremony, Minister Hinds stated: “the Ministry of National Security continues to work with our Lifeguard Services Division, so as to provide them with the requisite capacity and capability, to perform their duties in a professional manner and to keep our country’s beaches safe for beachgoers and sea bathers alike.” 

Minister Hinds continued by saying: “the purchase of these Jet Skis by the Ministry for use by the nation’s Lifeguards, is in fact an investment which will further strengthen the crucial role that our Lifeguards play in maintaining the safety and security of persons at our nation’s beaches.”

Over the past several months, there have been a number of meetings held between the Ministry of National Security and the Lifeguard Services Division, aimed at bringing about reasonable and cost-effective approaches and resolutions to matters affecting our nation’s lifeguards, in the quickest possible timeframe.

Stemming from these deliberations with our Lifeguards, the Ministry of National Security has been engaged in a number of initiatives geared towards enhancing the facilities, equipment and manpower effectiveness through training of Lifeguards, so that they can execute their mandate more effectively and efficiently.

The procurement and delivery of these Jet Skis for use at the beach facilities in Mayaro, Maracas and Las Cuevas, is just one of the many measures currently being implemented.

Minister Hinds concluded his remarks by emphasizing: “the Ministry expects that our Lifeguards put their new vehicles to good use in serving the public at our beaches and I call on you to work hard at maintaining these new pieces of equipment, to take great care of them and to ensure longevity of service.”

The Jet Ski is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in any developed Lifeguard Service. It is used in surveillance and rescue operations, allowing Lifeguards wider coverage of beaches, especially along the east and north coasts. 

Jet Skis have the ability to go at high speeds, enabling the Lifeguards to provide quicker response times to persons in need of assistance. They also have better mobility and operability in rough weather and water.

Also in attendance at the handover ceremony were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Gary Joseph, Manager of Greene’s General Cycle Ltd, Mr. Allan Greene, Lifeguard Supervisor II, Mr. Lennox Dwarika, other representatives of the Lifeguard Services Division, and other members of staff of the Ministry of National Security.

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