It’s Shane Again!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Shane Felix back as head of SLFSA.

Felix, the em­bat­tled head of the Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion, has been re-elected as head of the as­so­ci­a­tion. Felix last year ral­lied fire fight­ers to stand up against what he de­scribed as il­le­gal­i­ties within the fire ser­vice. This led to strike ac­tion by the fire ser­vice in Septem­ber 2014 and re­sulted in the au­thor­i­ties trans­fer­ring fire chief Leslie Fon­tenelle. The fire chief and the fire ser­vice had been the source of an in­quiry in 2012.

More than a year after the com­ple­tion of the in­quiry, the find­ings had not been made pub­lic. Ac­cord­ing to Felix the find­ings pointed to sev­eral ar­eas of mis­con­duct by those at the head of the fire ser­vice. Dur­ing the strike ac­tion the re­port was fi­nally made pub­lic. In an ad­dress to the na­tion by prime min­is­ter Kenny An­thony, it was stated that the is­sues of the fire ser­vice were out of the hands of gov­ern­ment and had to be dealt with by the pub­lic ser­vice com­mis­sion. How­ever, it was an­nounced that one of the ac­tions which would take ef­fect would be the se­cond­ment of the fire chief to SLASPA.

The re­cent SLFSA elec­tions have been a long time com­ing and have been marred by sev­eral de­lays. An elec­tion in May of last year was deemed in­com­plete and out­stand­ing re­ports, it was said, were not sub­mit­ted. Elec­tions were resched­uled for a sec­ond time in May and again in Novem­ber of 2014, but were never held. And so it was with much re­lief that the process was com­pleted here this week. The elec­tion of a new ex­ec­u­tive to head the Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion took place Thurs­day at the fire ser- vice head­quar­ters in Castries. It was presided over by the Deputy Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Lam­bert Charles. The new SLFSA ex­ec­u­tive team with Shane Felix as chair­man in­cludes sec­re­tary – Ken­isha Jef­fery, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary – Dwane Fer­di­nand, Trea­surer – Alyn Roserie and As­sis­tant Trea­surer – Mar­ius Charles. The Trus­tees are Mike Moncherry and Ken­dal Cadette.

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