September 18, 2023

Cayman Islands Fire Service welcomes 12 young Caymanian firefighters

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Cayman Islands Fire Service Twelve New Firefighters: Jovon Millwood, Henricho Swaby, Shanelle Frederick, Damar Spence, Navaro Jr. Pearson, Kaylone Warren, Gelndon Buchanan, Daejon Chollette, Domonic Pouchie, Albertini Holiness, Barrington Oliver, Danielle Manderson.

Grand Cayman 18 November – 12 young Caymanian Firefighters have joined the ranks of the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) with oaths to save lives and protect property throughout the Cayman Islands. The new Firefighters which comprise 1 female and 11 males were recognised in a graduation ceremony held at the Lions Centre on Friday 11 November.

Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson reviewing the CIFS Class of 2022 Fire Fighters. He is joined by Chief Fire Officer Randy Rankin and Firefighter Luke Welds.

Over the last 4 months, the candidates have successfully completed multiple stages of recruitment beginning with an online entrance examination assessment to determine their level of problem-solving and understanding skills. The candidates then underwent the physical assessment stage to assess their physical fitness, (upper and lower) body strength, endurance, resistance, height and claustrophobia while utilizing standard industry fire and rescue equipment. The training comprised 18 weeks of aviation and domestic firefighting and rescue training.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Acting Deputy Chief Officer Lisa Malice, MHA Acting Chief Officer Julian Lewis, Portfolio of the Civil Service Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon, Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Sabrina Turner and Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson looks on as the CIFS Class of 2022 Fire Fighters parade during the Graduation Ceremony.

The 12 new firefighters will improve CIFS operational capabilities, service and maintenance competencies, and above all our improved firefighting and rescue capabilities to support the community.
In recognition of the new Firefighters, during her remarks at the ceremony Hon. Min. Sabrina Turner “The Cayman Islands Fire Service is one of the oldest branches of our uniformed services. Our emergency services could not be what it is today without the efforts of Firefighters who have taken an oath to always protect the people of the Cayman Islands. I am proud to see not only strong young men joining the ranks but also brave young women. You are collectively, and individually a representation of the true potential that lies within the young people of the Cayman Islands.”

Class 2022 Firefighter Daniel Manderson & Jovon Millwood give the vote of thanks.

These new Firefighters are the first to be indoctrinated in the new CIFS recruitment process. This new recruitment process is part of a wider transformation of the CIFS through professional development and industry training, in keeping with international industry fire and rescue standards. It forms part of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ mission to build Cayman Islands’ resilience through public safety partnerships, innovation, and world-class service delivery.
          “We will continually guide and assess their capabilities throughout their journey to become a CIFS firefighter at international industry fire and rescue standards for any emergencies including building fires, road traffic collisions, search and rescue, water and land, fire prevention and aviation firefighting. We intend to continue this trend by supporting personal development across the entire service. Rigorous professional training and development are at the core of our mission to build Cayman’s resilience through public safety partnerships, innovation, and world-class service delivery to make the lives of the people we serve better” Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Dwight Randy Rankin explained.

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