Fire Chief Joseph Joseph has asserted that a decision to scrap fireworks displays is in this country’s best interests.
Appearing alongside Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, Joseph said in a recorded statement that applications to have fireworks displays will not be processed ‘at this time’.
“This is in keeping with the decision by the government of Saint Lucia to forego the traditional fireworks display this year due to COVID-19,” he explained.
According to the fire chief, the Saint Lucia Fire Service is deeply concerned about the safety of the general public.
He observed that while the focus of the fire service in the fireworks display approval process is minimising the possibility of an unwanted fire, this year it also includes the potential risk of spreading COVID-19 through public gatherings.
Joseph recalled that past trends indicate that the activity attracts large crowds at several points on the Island.
“We are aware of the disappointment this announcement will cause, but wish to remind everyone that this decision is in our best interest,” he stated.
Headline photo caption: Fire Chief Joseph Joseph