Gros Islet Fire station shut down on Saturday night

The Gros Islet Fire Station was forced to cease operations on Saturday night due to a manpower shortage, reliable sources have confirmed.

According to information obtained by the Times, there were insufficient persons to man the night shift.

According to sources, emergency calls to the Gros Islet station were therefore diverted to the Castries headquarters for response.

“No guarantees can be given that the situation will not occur again,” an official familiar with the situation told the Times.

It was reported that currently, the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has a numerical strength of below 260 with the number fluctuating due to factors such as illnesses and vacation leave.

Sources indicate that to function effectively, the Fire Service needs about 320 members of staff.

They say more will be required with a new fire station at Babonneau coming on stream.

However, some relief is in sight.

Forty trainees began training  in Vieux Fort last month to become full-fledged members of the SLFS.

The training programme will last for three months.



  1. Pooh
    December 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    The fire service should look into changing the range for age recruitments. Maybe they will get more people. Not every young person leaving school will choose being a firefighter off the bat. That 18-25 age range is hindering in my opinion.

    1. Anonymous
      December 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I agree
      The age should be changed

    2. Anonymous
      December 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

      True. They should bring it up to 30 at least. Even 32.

  2. Charles Jean
    December 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    While I concur with the suggestion that the recruitment age should be revisited. I also believe that the uncertified leave is currently being abused. Persons can stay home for two consecutive days, claiming to be sick, without producing a medical certificate. This cannot be allowed to continue in an emergency service.

    1. Anonymous
      December 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      The real problem is manpower shortage . CASE CLOSED!

    2. Anonymous
      December 13, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      U make no sense smh

      December 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      The acting fire chief has stated it well! You need at least 13 persons to man a crew. Mr Jean don’t you expect the 5 men/women to burnout doing the work of thirteen people?

    4. badboyclarke
      December 13, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Mr. Jean,
      Were you not the same manager, who refuses to compensate persons who want to work during their time off.

      Persons on off duty have been willing to help, by working on crews which are short, and you passed the order to not give them their time back!!!!

      But you want to blame people for falling sick. Pathetic

      1. Anonymous
        December 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

        Oh, a man if injustice? Of course the problem is always management thinking they’re gods with a badge on their shoulders. Abuse of power. What a shame!!!

  3. fireman
    December 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This is a manpower problem CASE CLOSE. The guys are burnt out have 6 years of working hard, performing tasks which require men that are none available. People will always fall sick, when you have a stations that is required to have 15 persons on a shift, to work at an optimum and there are only 6 persons. you MUST get persons who fall sick and persons who get injured.

    St. Lucia, the Firemen are not asking for more money, like most people. The moneys for the vacant posts are available. Our managers have NOT PUT THE PROPER CASE FORWARD for 6 years, that vacancies need to be filled. I not blaming any government

    1. Anonymous
      December 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

      So y’all bosses treating y’all like beast of burdens (B.O.B). It’s a damn shame that management of such an entity will not want to compensate for the time sacrificed by his loyal men. St. Lucia will burn down soon…

      1. 666
        December 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Not all of them. But some have made the situation worst. Its like they are pushing the firemen to give up and start taking action. At that point the fire personnel will be painted with red paint. We dont have heart, we not considerate, we dont want to work!!! Thats what you will hear on the media, instead of all the crap some of them contributed to.

  4. Anonymous
    December 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

    badboyclarke i agree with 110%….those so call managers are just damagers

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