Gros Islet fire station closed

The Gros Islet fire station is closed tonight – the second such closure in recent weeks, well-informed sources have disclosed.

According to information obtained by the Times, the most recent closure is the result of a number of cases of members of staff reporting ill.

An official disclosed that as a result of the reports of illness, fire officers from the Gros Islet fire station had to be moved to the George F.L Charles airport.

It is reported that just a handful of staff are currently at fire service headquarters in Castries.

The official, who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity, expressed concern about the situation, noting that it is occurring during the long holiday weekend when a number of activities, including Assou Square, have been planned.

It is estimated  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.

In December 2016, the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association described the manpower shortage in the Saint Lucia Fire Service as being ‘dangerously serious.’




  1. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Bad idea on a night like tonight.I hope it does not turn out to be a big mistake.

  2. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I really don’t understand that fire station at gros islet closed for tonight. NO FIRE STATION SHOULD CLOSED FOR ONE SECOUND.

    1. Anonymous
      December 31, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      If you have one or two officers on duty you cannot operate a station with this. Best to have one fully manned station that can respond to call for service than two or three that can only answer phone calls. Put some sense in your big bright empty Head.

    2. Anonymous
      December 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Good for the boy scout minister cause all he could talk about is his invented discrimination against female fire officers just because one lazy female made some complaints to him. He never investigated to find out if there was any truth. He wants to work the beat like he is still a police officer. Let him go and work the fire station.

  3. enquiry mind
    December 31, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    They said it’s cause of illness and leave don’t believe dat one bit …there r a whole lot more to dat dis sounds very sketchy and frightening I must say at a time as dis….

  4. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm


  5. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    That’s nonsense

  6. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    You guys come on, stop playing with people lives foreigners and local alike. This is a long holiday weekend,

  7. Corb
    December 31, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Whatever happened to common sense
    The staff did not have to sage this silent protest on a night like this.
    Only in St.Lucia

    1. Fireman
      January 1, 2017 at 1:06 am

      What silent protest you idiot.
      The fire personel all have certified leave by medical doctors.
      And corb, i really hope you are not lacorbs. Cause moat od this would be your caused by selfish managerial skills

      1. Anonymous
        January 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

        certified leave by medical doctors.
        what a joke.

  8. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Why in a busy time like this abehbon

  9. Anonymous
    December 31, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Goviment should have put measure in place so that can’t happen

  10. Retired USMC
    December 31, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Please Guy’s – not tonight. There is a time and place for everything. Please report in for duty! Dont’ go A-wall on your brothers and sisters.

  11. talk alot
    December 31, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    This isnt protest i no .the fireservice is nolonger all bout fire fighting but ambulance services. Jus imagine dat u work at soufouire or dennry and for 16 hours working that nite shift u doing ambulance st.judes or victory hosppital,n that has to b repeated nxt nite. The toll it takes on your body .n because their ent man power. U’re left on ambulance 4 months .n imagine that your one day off u have to attend a parade or some other event .when my brother cums home he can hardly spend time with his kids cause his that tired .to get the try pic we should live with or no a fighter

    1. Anonymous
      January 1, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Sorry to hear this! No worker should have to be exploited like this.

      On the other hand, the consequences of this mess are possibly catastrophic- and real!

  12. Anonymous
    January 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

    It’s a case of the same stick that beat the black dog is now beating the white dog

  13. Anonymous
    January 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    This is rediculous

  14. Anonymous
    January 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I am very concerned with these st lucian ppl because i’ve never heard anything like this happenning in st lucia. Am i now to assume that it’s simply politics at it”s best? The shiuld just relinquish all these unambitious fools from their jobs. These guys take government work for granted too much. It is such s shame.

  15. MAHLO
    January 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm


  16. Anonymous
    January 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    simple POLITICS

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