Saint Lucia Fire Ser­vice in­creases Am­bu­lance Fleet

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lucia Fire Ser­vice has re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ally en­hance its stan­dard of ser­vice de­liv­ery to the pub­lic. Its most re­cent show of un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment has been demon­strated via the pro­cure­ment of three new Toy­ota 2018 Hi­ace (Diesel En­gine) am­bu­lances that are al­ready equipped with Emer­gency Med­i­cal Equip­ment.

The three spank­ing new am­bu­lances will com­prise two re­place­ments and one ad­di­tion. They will be distributed to Vieux Fort, Fire Ser­vice Head­quar­ters and the com­mu­nity of Babon­neau where the Babon­neau Fire Sta­tion will be com­mis­sioned in De­cem­ber.

In 2017 there were 10,958 am­bu­lances calls is­land­wide. Of that num­ber, 60% were med­i­cal in na­ture, 19% be­ing trau­matic and 21% be­ing dis­charges and trans­fers. Out of the to­tal calls for 2017, the high­est num­ber of calls dealt with pa­tients at the age of 65 and higher. In ad­di­tion, the high­est per­cent­age of re­sponses was within the dis­tricts of Cas­tries, Den­nery, and Vieux Fort.

The to­tal cost of this pur­chase amounts to over half a mil­lion dol­lars. The or­der of the three am­bu­lances was fa­cil­i­tated by Simeon Group of Com­pa­nies in Mon Re­pos. The ve­hi­cles were of­fi­cially handed over yes­ter­day at the Gros Islet Fire Sta­tion.

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