St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has begun the process of acquiring a nautical ambulance vessel that will be equipped to fight fires.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the vessel will operate as an emergency response vessel primarily as a nautical ambulance.

The vessel is expected to arrive in St. Vincent in October 2020, the latest. The cost of the vessel is EC$4.391 million dollars.

The 52 feet long, 16 feet wide vessel will be outfitted with firefighting gear and medical emergency response apparatus such as stretchers, Gonsalves noted.

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