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The Fire Services Association wants an
urgent meeting with National Security Minister
Carl Alfonso to address the issue of fuel short-
age in Tobago.
Its president, Leo Ramkissoon, said yesterday
only the Crown Point Fire Station had been sup-
plied with fuel.
He said to date none had been distributed to
the Scarborough and Argyle fire stations.
Describing the matter as important Ramkissoon
said: "Fire officers have to carry drums and have
them filled with fuel by using a hand pump at
the Crown Point station and then transport the
drums to the Scarborough and Argyle stations.
"At this point the fuel from the Crown Point
station is running low and if there is a fire at
Scarborough then God will have to help us."
He also was puzzled that the benevolent fund
of the Fire Services was being used to pay for
That fund, Ramkissoon said, was a pool to
which members contributed for emergencies
and charity and was used primarily for recurrent
expenditure, supposedly provided for in the
He said that was not the only problem which
needed to be addressed urgently.
He warned that without those devices fire
officers could suffer from severe health problems
due to the inhalation of smoke and burning
chemicals, adding that could lead to death.
In an interview last week, Chief Fire Officer
Nyar Rampersad said requests had been made
National Security Minister Carl Alfonso said
yesterday he would be in Tobago tomorrow and
if possible would use the opportunity to meet
with fire officers. He assured that the matter
was receiving full attention.
"I could meet with the fire officers whenever
they want to meet. That is not a problem with
me. If they want to meet me in Tobago I would
welcome that opportunity.
"I know the situation is being rectified as we
speak and I know the Chief Fire Officer did have
a conversation with Minister Vasant Bharat,"
A neighbourly dispute over property damage
caused by a dog has been identified as the catalyst
of an arson attack in Freeport which claimed the
lives of two young sisters in 2009.
This was revealed yesterday as Ashook Ramdial,
the father of the two children---ages six and three---
began his testimony against six of his neighbours,
who are alleged to have been behind the attack.
Siblings---Shiva, Ryan and Vishan Bajnauth, their
half-brother Solomon Rampersad and their friends
Kenny Mohammed and former Special Reserve Police
(SRP) officer Junior John---are before Justice Maria
Wilson charged with the attack, which claimed the
lives of Sangeeta and Sarah Ramdial and left two of
their relatives injured.
The incident took place at Playground Avenue,
Uquire Road, Freeport, on April 14, 2009.
As he recounted the details of the attack, which
he was forced to watch while hiding in a bushy area
at the side of his house, Ramdial explained that a
day before the incident one of the accused men
threatened to set his house on fire because his (Ram-
dial) dog had stolen meat from his property.
"They say my dog and hogs damaging their land,"
Ramdial said before being stopped by State prosecutor
Court hears of row that ended in sisters' death
He explained that around midnight the
following day, his wife woke him when she
heard the dog barking in the yard.
Fearing the neighbours had come to attack
him, Ramdial said he jumped through his
window and scampered into a bushy area
Using a hand-drawn diagram of the prop-
erty and the small two bedroom wooden
house, Ramdial claimed from his vantage
point, he heard gunshots and saw two of
the accused, who were carrying guns walking
into his yard.
He said shortly after he crept to the back
of the house where he saw three of the
accused guarding the back exits. He said he
saw Vishan climb through a window with
a keg of liquid in his hand before he returned
minutes later without it.
"It just happen in a flash. I just look and
see the whole house on fire," Ramdial said.
While the 41-year-old admitted the house
did not have electricity, he said he was able
to see clearly as the property was illuminated
by lights from a nearby factory.
He also claimed he was able to identify
the attackers as he had known them all his
life. Ramdial was unable to complete his
testimony by the end of yesterday s hearing
and is yet to give details about his wife
Geeta Singh and his nephew Richard Ram-
dial who were also at home at the time.
In her opening address to the jury, Ramb-
hajan explained that the two adults managed
to run out of the house before it was engulfed
in flames. Both Singh and Richard were shot
several times but survived.
The six men are being represented by
Vernon de Lima, Ravi Rajcoomar, John
Heath, Kern Saney and Chase Pegus.
Ramdial s will continue his testimony
when the trial resumes on Monday.
Tobago firemen want
talks with Alfonso on fuel
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