Acting Fire Chief pays special visit to Soufriere Fire Station
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.