Fire Service to review responses after tragedy

The Saint Lucia Fire Service  plans to review its emergency vehicle responses after an ambulance collided with a Mannee’s Bakery vehicle on Saturday, resulting in a fatality.

The driver of the bakery vehicle, Anthony Cherubin, died the following day after sustaining multiple injuries.

Two firemen and a patient who were in the ambulance at the time of the collision sustained minor injuries.

Acting Chief Fire Officer, Joseph Joseph, told a news conference on Monday that moving forward, the Fire Service will be looking at its emergency vehicle response procedures.

Joseph indicated that the purpose of the review would be to avoid situations such as Saturday’s tragedy.

He acknowledged that responses would be easier if there were fire stations positioned at strategic points.

However Joseph said whether an emergency vehicle has to travel one kilometer or one hundred, the safety issue is critical.

“I think this is one of the major issues,” the Acting Fire Chief declared.

He said there were complaints by emergency vehicle drivers of motorists refusing to give way when the sirens  of emergency vehicles are on.

Nevertheless, Joseph explained that some drivers have their windows up and may be distracted by blaring music in their vehicles.

He expressed condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased Mannee’s Bakery employee and said that the driver of the ambulance which was involved in the collision was “devastated” and “inconsolable.”

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