New fire chief looking to douse GFD's issues - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

New fire chief looking to douse GFD's issues

Posted: Updated:

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Newly appointed fire chief Ray Perez is hoping to put out some fires within his agency.  With a constant shortage of ambulances to service the entire island, Perez intends to ask lawmakers for additional funding for preventative maintenance - specifically $40,000 for each vehicle. 

He also wants to look at purchasing new ambulances that he believes are more efficient. He told KUAM News, "I know they're going to be purchasing some new ambulances and the specs have to meet the specs that they were cut for, but I'm going to ask that we purchase if we're going to go out and buy new ones, Pano Vans, being that it is cheaper and more cost effective rather than the Type 3 or box."

Understanding the government's cash situation, Perez says he wants to implement fees for the department that have already been drafted but need legislative approval. He also wants to upgrade the E-911 system that is antiquated and has experienced shutdowns in recent years.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Bill allows people to identify as transgender without sex change operation

    Bill allows people to identify as transgender without sex change operation

    Legislation has been introduced that would allow individuals who identify as transgender to change their birth certificates without having to undergo a sex change operation. Supporters say similar laws have now been passed in 19 states and 200 cities acroMore >>
    Legislation has been introduced that would allow individuals who identify as transgender to change their birth certificates without having to undergo a sex change operation. Supporters say similar laws have now been passed in 19 states and 200 cities acroMore >>
  • Gubernatorial teams scheduled for D18 Tonight this week

    Gubernatorial teams scheduled for D18 Tonight this week

    We are in the final home stretch...less than one week away from the primary election. Do you know who you are voting for? This week on D18 Tonight, KUAM will give you one last look at each of the gubernatorial teams on our exclusive digital show - the AftMore >>
    We are in the final home stretch...less than one week away from the primary election. Do you know who you are voting for? This week on D18 Tonight, KUAM will give you one last look at each of the gubernatorial teams on our exclusive digital show - the AftMore >>
  • DOC secures money for clinic

    DOC secures money for clinic

    It's one financial crisis averted…for now. The Department of Corrections will be getting nearly all of the money the agency needs to keep its clinical services for inmates and detainees going. DepCor director Tony Lamorena says the budget for the uMore >>
    It's one financial crisis averted…for now. The Department of Corrections will be getting nearly all of the money the agency needs to keep its clinical services for inmates and detainees going. DepCor director Tony Lamorena says the budget for the uMore >>
Powered by Frankly