Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Fire chief: Firefighters Without Borders has hugely helped St Lucia

A demonstration on how the fire trucks work

A demonstration on how the fire trucks work

Chief Fire Officer, Joseph Joseph, has showered Firefighters Without Borders (FWB) with praise for its philanthropic gesture to the St Lucia Fire Service.

He did so at a thank you ceremony for its donation of two firetrucks and a considerable quantity of firefighter protective clothing consisting of bunker gears, firefighting boots, helmets and gloves among others to the St Lucia Fire Service.

The ceremony was held at the Vieux-Fort Fire Station, yesterday, Friday, July 3, 2020.

Chief Fire Officer, Joseph Joseph

Firefighters Without Borders is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting fire departments in need of specific skills, training and resources related to fire service.

In addressing the ceremony, which was attended by several government officials, Joseph said at a time when so many things appear to be going wrong around the world, it is undoubtedly a privilege to have an occasion to celebrate.

“Firefighters Without Borders is the main reason we are here today. In keeping with the organization’s mandate, it has provided much-needed assistance to the St Lucia Fire Service, and we are here to say a wholehearted thank you to it,” Joseph said.

He added: “This offer, valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, will not only boost our resource base, but it will also increase our operational capacity and efficiency.”

According to the fire chief, their partnership with FWB has grown significantly over the years.

“In the last three years alone, FWB instructors conducted training in two critical areas of fire service responsibility, namely Open Water Rescue and Vehicle Extrication,” Joseph explained.

He said it is time for all St Lucians and the wider world to know of the huge assistance FWB has given to us.

According to Joseph, the trucks donated to the fire service are posted in the southern division are in great condition and at least one has already been put into use in the recent spate of fires during the lengthy dry spell.

“I am pleased to note, that with the kind of assistance from FWB, preparations have commenced for the establishment of a training facility in the south of the island.

The proposed structure will be constructed out of steel shipping containers, appropriately modified to allow for fire suppression training,”: Joseph said.

In a virtual address, Craig Dockery, vice president of FWB, said the organization is thrilled to be able to make the donation, adding that he hopes it will be able to protect all St Lucians in the future.

He thanked all those who played a role in making the donation possible.

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