Monday 24 February, 2020

SLFS concerned about accident victims denying medical aid

The Saint Lucia Fire Department has renewed calls for safety on the nation's roads and is encouraging persons to be properly assessed by emergency personnel following an accident.

The calls come after three persons received serious injuries following a major motor vehicle accident along the Marisule Highway in the early hours of Thursday, January 16, 2020.

“Officers attached to the Gros Islet Fire Station responded to a call of a motor vehicular accident at approximately 12.05 am Thursday near Courts Marisule.  Emergency personnel responded with one emergency tender and one ambulance. However, due to the number of people involved in the accident, assistance was sought from the Babonneau Fire Station,” Acting Divisional Officer, Germaine William disclosed.

On arrival on the scene, officers encountered a minibus and a pick-up.

“The occupant of the minibus was rapidly extracted from that vehicle, packaged and transported to the Victoria Hospital, the occupants of the pickup refused medical assistance at the scene,” William said.

The fire official has expressed concern against the backdrop individuals continue to refuse medical assistance especially when involved in an accident.

“Sometime persons may receive injuries that they may not be aware of, especially internal injuries, so we normally advise people they should seek medical care; however they are not obligated to. Our ambulance protocol dictates that they sign a waiver that absolves us of all responsibilities of matters that arise later,” William said.

Despite that he says, the fire department is obligated to transport individuals of unsound mind.

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