Saint Lucia Fire Service undergoes emergency vehicle operator training
An emergency vehicle operator training course is currently underway for drivers of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS).
The five-day course, which is being held at the Saint Lucia Fire Service Training School in Vieux-Fort, is the first of its kind for the fire service.
In an interview with Ditney Downes, training officer of the Saint Lucia Fire Service, he said: “The objective of the training course is to teach new drivers of the fire service how to handle emergency vehicles, especially when responding to emergencies. We have to teach them the safe way to manoeuvre those vehicles...”
He said the course is very important to the fire service because of the number of accidents involving its vehicles.
According to him, fire service vehicles are different from ordinary vehicles in terms of weight and speed, so they need to be operated differently.
“When we lost a vehicle by accident it affects the fire service in a number of ways...It also affects the public because we will have less resources to handle emergency situations,” Downes explained, adding that they are trying to deal with the problem by reducing the number of accidents involving fire service vehicles.
In a brief interview with Martin Joseph, one of the facilitators of the course, he said one of the main causes of accidents on our roads is careless driving.
According to James, a driving examiner employed with the government, they are trying to take driving to a higher level, so as to reduce vehicular accidents on our roads.