Both the Trench Town and Rollington Town Fire Stations are the latest beneficiaries in a spate of donations under the Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) portfolio. Members of the Group’s CSR Committee formally presented critical items following a needs assessment at the fire stations neighbouring West Kingston Power Partners (WKPP) and Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC).
JEP’s Corporate Responsibility Manager, Melissa Newman, stated that “the JEP Group has always maintained favourable relationships with fire departments, police stations, schools and health centres within the communities in which the companies operate. Subsequent to donations last year, we have maintained the relationship and seek to fill urgent needs for firefighters that will help to save lives.”
During an assessment at the Trench Town Fire Station, WKPP identified an industrial washing machine’s need to keep uniforms and clothing clean and sanitized. On this occasion, WKPP’s Safety & Security Specialist, Emilio Durrant, made the handover at the Station to Assistant Commissioner (Area 1), Alarick Hacker and Officer in Charge of Operations (Area 1), Joshua Davis.
In East Kingston, HR Specialist & CSR Committee Member Shakara McKenzie, and CSR Officer Patrice Howell delivered ten 14″ steel hatchets to District Officer, Sigmond Sutherland and his team members at the Rollington Town Fire Station. The all-purpose demolition tools were well received and will complement the Station’s efforts in responding to emergencies that require prying or piercing to save lives.
Ms. Newman added that “Jamaica Energy Partners Group has been working within our communities to help address health and safety needs, especially in light of the spread of COVID-19. Up to the anniversary of the pandemic last weekend on March 20, the tallied spend from the Group on health, safety and education initiatives to combat the spread of coronavirus had eclipsed J$11 million.” The donations from the independent power-producing Group align with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (UNSDGs) #11 towards achieving sustainable cities and communities as well as #17, which represents a partnership for the goals.