Felix denies knowledge of ‘silent’ protest

Shane Felix, the Chairman of the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association,  has said he knows nothing about any silent protest by members of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS).

“The association has not sanctioned any protest,” Felix told the Times.

He disclosed that no one has informed him as Chairman of any such action.

The Fire Service Association Chairman spoke against the backdrop of the closure of the Gros Islet fire station on Old Year’s night, the second such closure in recent weeks due to manpower issues at the SLFS.

It was reported that because staff had reported sick, fire officers from Gros Islet had to be sent to George F.L Charles airport while the fire service headquarters in Castries was manned by a handful of individuals.

Felix told the Times that staff are frustrated, stressed out and demoralized.

“I know that there are a number of persons with extended sick leave – and that is across the Island,” he explained.

He said when one station is short on staff, adjustments have to be made.

Felix asserted that the situation of burnout at the SLFS due to overwork caused by a shortage of manpower is made worse by the attitude of  management.


  1. Sad-But-True
    January 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Oh, Evil Chastanet!
    The people are slowly but surely waking up. Your days of Evil, Evil Chastanet, is soon to End 🙂

    1. Anonymous
      January 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Why You hate so much, pray for your leader has you pray for yourself.

  2. cabaca
    January 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Sick- but – true get a life. You need help.

  3. Uncle Sejay
    January 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Same time I wonder who’s the fool behind this sad but true character because other than that idiot Kenny there’s no other idiot like him then AME the sad but true thing…smh sad but true u need more than a life u need a bullet in ur head

  4. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Sad but true, is sad but true!

  5. ....
    January 3, 2017 at 10:37 am

    That situation has been going on for so long now I wonder why the blame is on poor chastanet

  6. Talk a lot
    January 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Why does everything a p.m fault d man power issues is something long standing. Can u imagine that after working your work week you’re ordered by management to come in on your off days 2 work limitting your bodies rest time .with the lack of man power their is no roation happening and no breaks

  7. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 11:32 am

    U jack… What has chasnat got to do with gthis,kenny has been doing nothing 4 the ppast 20yrs in this island yet u have the aaudacity to point fingers at chasnat. Wwho has been there 4 six months ogood god!where are u’all foolish ppl wmorals.does every have to b politics?

    1. Anonymous
      January 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      That is an unfair statement. Kenny was only there for 5 years. All his policies and plans were undone by the 2006 to 2011 UWP administration. Can we say that UWP is there for 6 years? No they’re 6 months in. Whatever policies they had 2006 to 2011 has been undone by the SLP administration.

  8. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 11:41 am


  9. Corb
    January 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Who are you fooling
    I am sure that you were briefed

  10. afan
    January 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hey what about putting together a volunteer system to help deal with that issue? You can start the process by enlisting interested public servants who would like to volunteer, provide the training and the kit but instead of direct payments these volunteers will pay no taxes…..no personal income or government taxes on transactions but you work at least 4 full days a month, on weekends, holidays etc. I myself willing to give up some of weekends during the month to help my society move forward and i know there are many more who will volunteer. Many developed countries have volunteer firefighters so why can’t we?

  11. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Looks like Felix has an issue with every person that is in management, no matter who the replacements are. So who has the problem. The article forgot to add in the end “and the attitude of Felix” I thought that new fire officers are currently being trained. So at least say something positive about that.

  12. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    What Felix should be talking about is the fireman who spent about three years at the Bordelias correctional facility for causing death by dangerous driving yet his monthly salary was never stopped. Yes he received a full salary while in prison. He is one of those persons recently released and guess what – he returned to his job as if nothing happened. What a wonderful public service, the most incompetent ever. So master Shane what say you on the this issue.