Friday 5 June, 2020

SLFS responding to suspected COVID-19 cases in special protective gear

First responders of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) are protecting themselves against the novel coronavirus.

Over the weekend, images of emergency personnel responding to emergency calls began making rounds on social media.

As the Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Germaine William explains, it is mandatory for emergency officers to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when facing potential exposure to all respiratory conditions.

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“We have received a few calls of persons who fit the profile, meaning they have the high fever, the coughing, they have passed the incubation period so as is the policy now within the department, our officers have to respond with the necessary PPE.”

According to William, the Saint Lucia Fire Service is well prepared to deal with any case of the coronavirus on the island, following weeks of training prior to the island recording its first case.

“From the inception of the whole coronavirus global outbreak, we have been taking the necessary precautions when dealing with those types of cases. We have information that we must gather from those persons and once that is gathered correctly we then now determine the steps necessary for a response.”

The public is urged to be aware and follow the information being disseminated from health officials as the island continues to battle against the pandemic.

These include social distancing, washing of hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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