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.