Soufriere fire – Opposition leader expresses concern

Soufriere fire – Opposition leader expresses concern

Leader of the Opposition Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed concern for the citizens who suffered losses in the fire in Soufriere.

She has lamented that fires have been occurring too frequently lately with serious consequences for people’s livelihoods and personal safety.

“I wish to express my deepest concern for those most adversely affected. They are in my thoughts and prayers”.

Dr. Rigobert has reiterated calls for adherence to the various regulations and codes regarding health and safety both in our homes and business establishments.


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  1. Watcher
    October 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Why is it that the two fire trucks from the Soufriere Fire Station were unable to pump water from the sea which is only a few hundred yards from the inferno? Yes the fire trucks have a limited supply of water and the water pressure in each hydrant was low so why didn’t they start drafting water from the sea near the Soufriere Waterfront which is almost an infinite source of water? It was reported in the news that the Marine Police had to bring down a pump and additional lengths of fire hose so it could be that the Soufriere Fire Station lacked sufficient suction hose to relay water from the sea. Going forward the authorities must ensure that each Fire Station is fully equipped to pump water from the sea or a nearby marina, river or pond. It also points to the need for Fire Stations or Auxiliary Fire Departments in Anse-la-Raye, Canaries, Choiseul and Laborie which, if in existence, could have deployed resources to assist the Soufriere Fire Station in fighting this October 2015 Soufriere Inferno. Alternatively we could invest in one fireboat which could rapidly be deployed to any of our towns and villages since the commercial centres of these communities are close to the coastline. We keep hearing the usual platitudes after each major fire but what is being done between fires to ensure that we are better prepared to handle the next inferno?

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