The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has spoken out against a recent incident in which an ambulance crew was insulted by a young man.
Assistant Divisional Officer, Bernard Prospere, told the Times that the incident occurred at Faux Au Chaud.
He recalled that when his men responded to a call for assistance they discovered a man who appeared to be in his twenties and seemed to be injured.
But Prospere disclosed that when the members of the fire service tried to render assistance, the man insulted them and fled the scene.
The fire service official said that he was not sure whether the man was under the influence of some substance.
Nevertheless he lamented that there are some people who do not appreciate the hard work that fire officers do on a daily basis, even risking their lives in the process.
According to Prospere, the Faux Au Chaud incident was more of an exception than the rule.
However he did indicate that there have been other incidents in the past where injured individuals have refused to be treated by ambulance crews or transported to hospital, but without hurling insults at the crew.
Prospere declared that it was clearly the right of such individuals to refuse help.
He expressed the opinion that the Faux Au Chaud incident justifies the policy of the Saint Lucia Fire Service of ensuring there was a police presence before responding to some emergency situations.
Those include situations deemed to likely be active shooting incidents.