Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice Search and Res­cue Team Back From Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice on Fri­day, 22 Septem­ber, 2017 de­ployed a six man team to Hurricane Maria-rav­aged Do­minica, to as­sist in search and res­cue op­er­a­tions. The fire­men re­turned to is­land last week­end.

The Saint Lu­cian fire­men, who trav­elled to Do­minica aboard the lo­cal Ma­rine Unit ves­sel, joined their re­gional coun­ter­parts for al­most two weeks un­der the co­or­di­nated ef­forts of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NEMO) and the Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (CDEMA).

Act­ing Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Mr. Joseph Joseph com­mented that the fire­men were ready and will­ing to be de­ployed. “These of­fi­cers are al­ready part of our ded­i­cated Search and Res­cue Teams,” he ex­plained. “This ex­er­cise has served as a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them, and has pro­vided good ex­po­sure over­all.”

The Act­ing Chief Fire Of­fi­cer says he has been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Do­minica’s Fire Chief, Mr. Josiah Dupuis, who ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion on be­half of Do­minica’s Fire Brigade.

Mean­time, two more Saint Lu­cian fire of­fi­cers, who were in Tor­tola pro­vid­ing much-needed as­sis­tance af­ter Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean is­land ear­lier in Septem­ber, also re­turned home over the week­end.

Mr. Joseph says iron­i­cally, while in Tor­tola, the fire­men had to en­dure some of the ef­fects of pow­er­ful Hurricane Maria.

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