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SLFS: Responses To Traumatic & Violent Incidents Seem Constant


The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has reported 86 responses for the weekend of October 21-24, observing that calls relating to violent and traumatic incidents seem constant.

“While total number of responses may be lower than other weekends, the number of responses to traumatic and violent incidents appears to be constant,” SLFS Communications Officer Stacy Joseph disclosed.

Joseph explained that “with very little time for mental recovery,” the fire department responded to eight motor vehicle incidents and two physical assaults.

There were also four shootings.

They included one at Faux A Chaud, Castries, on Saturday in which sixteen-year-old Miguela Joseph succumbed.

The SLFS Communications Officer said the emergency crew responded to that incident at about 12:50 pm and found the teenager and police officers at the scene.

“A rapid assessment of the victim revealed that she sustained a penetrating wound to her head and was void of all vital signs,” the SLFS spokeswoman stated.

She explained that due to obvious signs of death, the responders left the scene in the care of the police.

Headline photo: Stock image – SLFS at scene of Rodney Bay accident

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  1. It’s not easy as I also work in healthcare – emergency medicine. Each individual has to develop healthy coping mechanisms to engage in when working in such a high stressed environment. You must also learn to view every situation as a job to be done and once you have done your best – that’s the best you can do.

  2. I wish we would not have all this incidents and accidents but when I listened to RSLFS lamenting about they having to be out there it gets me really mad. hello its your job you all are not getting paid to seat down and play dominoes. that’s what you signed up for

  3. Will the relevant authorities respond to the traumatic(mental,emotional) situation the is currently endemic in the department of nursing at SALCC? We as students inclusive of mothers are really not please the with insensitive and unprofessional conduct of the management of the nursing department. We are literally crying out for help. Please assist us.

  4. While I agree with you, I think the point they’re making is the violence is senseless at this point. This is taking a toll on the entire country and it its already paltry resources.

  5. Yes it’s what they signed up however, anyone constantly having to deal with such will experience a heavy toll on their mental health which can also manifest into physical issues. Resources are scarce so there isn’t an option to take a break to recover / deal with the trauma that comes with the job. These are people, not robots.

  6. I believe you are misguided by your own judgement of what was said. If you would take note of when she said ” with very little time for mental recovery” Its and indication of them constantly going out on traumatic calls/events at such high rates which can affect any sane person. Example ( soldiers who have gone through war and suffer from PTSD ) . In the end they are humans as well and the spokesperson was simply stating what they are going through and not complaining about doing their job; there is a difference. Let’s become more empathetic towards one another. One love


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