Tuesday 14 July, 2020

St Lucia Fire Service undergoing training for coronavirus response

Ditney Downes training fire officers

Ditney Downes training fire officers

The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) is preparing itself to deal with any case of the coronavirus on the island in an ongoing training program.

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, it continued its training at the St Lucia Fire Service Training School in Vieux-Fort, where fire officers were trained on how to deal with anyone suspected to have the coronavirus and the protective measures they need to take in doing so.

The training included the proper way to don and remove their protective clothing, the questions to ask persons suspected to have the coronavirus and the way they should be transported to the ambulance, among other things.

The officers showed keen interest in the training and asked many pertinent questions.

In an interview with Loop News after the session, the officer in charge of training, Ditney Downes, said as the likely first responders in the case of an outbreak of the coronavirus on the island, it is extremely important that they know how to deal with anyone suspected of having the virus.

“The training provided the fire officers with a sense of confidence on how to deal with cases of the coronavirus on the island,” Downes said.

Loop News interviewed some of the officers trained and they all said that they now feel more confident in dealing with persons affected with the coronavirus.

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