Act­ing Fire Chief pays spe­cial visit to Soufriere Fire Sta­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Act­ing Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Lam­bert Charles paid a visit to the Soufriere Fire Sta­tion to hear the con­cerns of fire per­son­nel on Fri­day, Au­gust 21, 2015 in the af­ter­math of an in­ci­dent in Soufriere where mis­siles were thrown at a re­spond­ing am­bu­lance on the evening of Tues­day, Au­gust 18, 2015.

It was a first­hand op­por­tu­nity to speak to the crew who had been on duty at the time and to pro­vide re­as­sur­ances. Charles says he was happy to find the of­fi­cers in good spir­its.

“The in­ci­dent has had a trau­matic ef­fect on the re­spond­ing fire of­fi­cers as they did not ex­pect to be ren­der­ing the ser­vice that they are trained to de­liver, un­der con­di­tions that would put their lives in dan­ger. Hav­ing said that, I have per­son­ally spo­ken to them and de­spite this un­for­tu­nate turn of events they are will­ing to carry on with their du­ties,”

Charles has ex­pressed em­pa­thy to all par­ties ad­versely af­fected by the in­ci­dent in Soufriere. He noted how­ever, that at­tack­ing per­sons or public prop­erty is un­ac­cept­able. He called for the speedy re­turn of calm and civic re­spon­si­bil­ity in the tourism de­pen­dent town.

“We want to urge calm and level head­ed­ness. Let the rule of law take its course and let us act as re­spon­si­ble peo­ple who gen­uinely care about the com­mu­nity” urged Charles. He gave the as­sur­ance that the dam­aged am­bu­lance is be­ing speed­ily re­paired in or­der to be re­turned to the sta­tion.

The town of Soufriere is ser­viced by two fire am­bu­lances. Act­ing Fire Chief Lam­bert Charles says both are re­quired to pro­vide ad­e­quate cov­er­age to both visi­tors and na­tion­als.

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