Tuesday 2 June, 2020

St Lucia's Emergency Medical Services personnel celebrated

The work of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel is being highlighted more than ever this week, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

International EMS Week 2020, recognized globally May 17 - 23, 2020, is being observed under the theme: "Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow."

This theme is particularly important as it sees the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) not only involved in firefighting but also in the field of EMS as these true professionals rally to support all those affected by the coronavirus crisis, whilst still responding to the everyday medical and trauma emergencies that continue to occur in their communities.

Stacy Joseph of the SLFS explained: "On the dawn of a new decade, we are forging ahead to the future of pre-hospital care.

The future portrays the development in life-saving techniques, information technology and improvements in research, and in general inpatient care.

I am proud to recognize the fire and EMS professionals who continue to serve tirelessly their community and by extension their nation, who cares for their patients and families on a daily basis.

This year’s theme 'Ready today, preparing for tomorrow' truly reflects what the EMS provider, and by extension, his or her organization, do on a daily basis as they respond to 911 calls for help at any place at any time."

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis and the health protocols enforced within Saint Lucia, social distancing is in full effect and shall be respected in order to keep everyone safe, as a result, many activities scheduled to mark the observance have been postponed.

Joseph expressed: "As the coordinator for EMS in the northern division and on behalf my counterpart in the southern division, Station Officer Ireneus Henry, we thank you, the members of the Saint Lucia Fire Service, who are truly the EMS professionals battling on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis in organizing, adapting and responding daily to take care of the citizens of Saint Lucia. We seek to acknowledge the selfless calling that makes EMS so vital to the health and safety of all of its citizens.

I know, it is likely not in the front of your mind as this crisis unfolds, yet still, now more than ever, it is important to remember that a major component of EMS Week is honoring and celebrating our EMS professionals who are supporting the health and well-being of our nation.

In Memoriam – to all the Brave EMTs and Paramedics heroes around the globe who have lost their lives from complications related to COVID-19, we salute you and to your colleagues and family and friends, we are truly sorry for your loss at this time.

So please Saint Lucia stay safe, protect yourself, stop the spread, and you can help us, the EMT, save a life.

When you hear of the acronym SLFS, do not just think it stands for the Saint Lucia Fire Service but also it truly means Saving Lives For Saint Lucia."

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