COVID-19 Responses Taking Toll On Fire Service

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COVID-19 related responses are stretching the resources of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) thin.

SLFS spokesman Damian Jn Baptiste made the disclosure to the media Thursday.

He said the affected resources include manpower, equipment and ambulances.

Almost on a daily basis for service personnel get calls to transport suspected or actual cases of COVID-19 to the respiratory hospital or to state quarantine.

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Jn Baptiste said the number of COVID-19 related responses is growing.

And that’s in addition to SLFS responses to the ‘usual emergencies’.

On Wednesday the SLFS came in for criticism over a ‘delayed response’ to a shooting incident in Castries.

But the SLFS spokesman explained that an ambulance from the Babonneau Fire Station transported the patient.

Jn Baptiste disclosed it was because ambulances from the SLFS Headquarters were engaged in other emergencies at the time.

As a result, Babonneau emergency personnel transported the 29 year old gunshot victim to the OKEU Hospital.

Police said Thursday morning that the man, whom they identified as Ricardo Mc Garron, was in stable condition.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The SLFS says the shooting occurred on Chisel Street, Castries.

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