JGRA says much to be learnt from gas station fire

by February 24th, 2020

The Jamaica Gas Retailers Association, JGRA, says, there is much to be learnt from the fire at the Fesco service station in Mandeville, last Friday, (February 21).

The fire which severely damaged the gas station, claimed the life of one man and injured several others including a child.

Speaking with Irie Fm News, President of the JGRA, Gregory Chung, says, the incident has called for some self-analysis.

He adds that, the association will be revisiting many safety protocols.

Amidst concerns about the competency of gas station employees in handling emergencies, the JGRA, is assuring the public that all employees are well trained.

This, following an oil spill and fire at the Fesco service station, in Manchester on Friday (February 21).

Speaking in an Irie Fm interview, President of the JGRA, Mr. Gregory Chung noted that, upon employment, each staff member is prepared to handle emergencies, especially oil spills.

He said measures are implemented, to ensure that gas dealers and staff members, are in compliance with training.

Referencing the fire at the Fesco service station on Friday, Mr. Chung adds that, in the event of an oil spill, each gas station is equipped with an emergency shut-off valve at each pump.

59-year-old, Daniel Farquharson died from burns he received in the incident, last Friday.

At least four others who were injured, remain hospitalised. 

Meantime, Shadow Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell, has expressed sadness over the death of one man from the fire at Heaven’s Fesco gas station in Mandeville last Friday, (February 21).

59-year-old, Daniel Farquharson died from burns he received in the incident.

At least four others who were injured, remain hospitalised. 

In a statement yesterday, (February 23) Mr. Paulwell also empathized with the staff at the facility and those in the wider community, who might have been affected by the fire. He also wished for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

Noting that the gas station is a well recognized landmark, Mr. Paulwell said he hopes no effort will be spared, in restoring the gas station to full operation.