The newly consecrated Colour (Flag) of the Fire Service is presented to National Security Minister, Stuart Young. Image courtesy Ministry of National Security.

The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) had its newly consecrated Colour (Flag) presented today, in an official ceremony presided over the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young MP.

In an official statement, the Ministry of National Security explains that the order to consecrate a Colour, is to declare and make an organization’s flag sacred.  Thus, today’s ceremony made the Colour or Flag of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) a sacred item of the Service and from that time forward it should be treated with reverence.

The ceremony took place at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain today, Sunday 24 January 2021.

The National Security Minister told those present that he was once again filled with immense pride, to see that the Fire Service can continue to stand proudly with the officers from the other Divisions of National Security, not only for their hard work and professionalism, but also for the consecration of their flag as well.

Minister Young noted he had had the privilege to participate in the Consecration of Colour Ceremonies of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, as well as for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

“The consecration of the Fire Service’s Colour (Flag) here today, is a fitting symbol or tribute to the Organization’s 70 years of existence.  I ask that you do not let the symbolism of this historic milestone pass you by, as we the citizens of this country count on the men and women of the Fire Service to provide efficient and effective public fire protection and emergency services to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” the minister told the Fire Service officers present.

National Security Minister, Stuart Young, observes the parade of Fire Service officers at today’s official ceremony to present the Service’s newly consecrated Colour (Flag). Image courtesy Ministry of National Security.

The minister urged members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), to remember always that they play an important role in the national security and public safety apparatus of this country.

He lauded their willingness to go beyond the call of duty, dedicating their lives to the continuous safety of all citizens, especially during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We at the Ministry of National Security have a right to be proud of our men and women in uniform from all our Divisions. Despite all the criticisms and the attacks that are directed at national security, we continue to do our jobs fearlessly, without fear or favour, malice or ill will, to protect Trinidad and Tobago.  And you, the members of the Fire Service, play an important part, especially during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Minister Young said.

He added: “As we go into another Dry Season that will surely bring the additional potential difficulties with it, we count on the Fire Service to see us through those difficulties.”

The Minister Young assured the members of the Fire Service that they had the full support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, which will continue to supply the TTFS with the requisite technology, equipment, infrastructure and other resources so that the organization can carry out its responsibility to the people effectively and efficiently.

At today’s ceremony, Minister Young presided over the parade of two detachments of Fire Officers, one female and one male consisting of thirty-six officers each.

National Security Minister, Stuart Young, inspecting the parade of Fire Service officers at today’s official ceremony to present the Service’s newly consecrated Colour (Flag). Image courtesy Ministry of National Security.

Also present at the ceremony were Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, Mr. Gary Joseph; Acting Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Marlon Smith; Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gary Griffith; Chief of Defence Staff, Air Commodore Darryl Daniel; Chief Executive Officer, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Major General (Retired) Rodney Smart; Chaplin of the Fire Service, Acting Divisional Fire Officer, Mr. Earl Sampson; and other members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service.