In a news release on Tuesday, the TCIAA referred to the team as patriots for answering the call to assist with the raging fire, which emanated billowing jet-black smoke into the sky.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wish to acknowledge and extend its gratitude to the men and women of its Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Department for their display of patriotism and bravery in responding to the call to assist with combating an intense fire at the Waste Landfill located on Millennium Highway, Providenciales on Monday, 11th July 2022,” the statement said.
The TCIAA said members of the ARFF, along with Fire Truck Rescue Number 4, responded to the scene shortly after 4:00 pm.
“…And worked both remarkably and endlessly throughout the night to assist the Domestic Fire Service with containing and settling the flames,” the statement continued.
Godfrey Smith, Chief Executive Officer for the TCIAA described the ARFF team as dedicated.
“Our ARFF team is comprised of first responders of the highest caliber. Each day they report to work dedicated to giving the best of themselves to keep air travelers safe,” Smith said.
He continued: “Yesterday’s display proves that such dedication is not confined to those spaces under the remit of the TCIAA. Their dedication certainly is to country.”
In the meantime, the Board of Directors and Management Team of the TCIAA said it was most thankful for the team’s efforts.
“(We) cannot thank these fire service professionals enough for their outstanding service and the sacrifices they are prepared to make daily on behalf of their country. They continue to do what the TCIAA endeavors to do each day, i.e. to make the TCI proud,” the TCIAA Board said