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The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) is reminding members of the public that 911 and 999 calls are free.

Deputy Fire Chief, George Victorin, told St Lucia Times that the emergency calls can be made from a mobile telephone that has no credit.

Victorin explained that calls can also be made from a public pay phone.

“As a matter of fact, you don’t even need to have a sim card to make 911 or 999 calls,” he said.

“Anyone who needs assistance – as long as you have a phone available and it has charge, you should be able to access help from 911 or 999,”the Deputy Fire Chief noted.

Just recently a video recording of a bleeding stabbing victim lying on the ground at Bruceville, Vieux Fort, was posted on social media.

The victim, 18 year old Desroy President, later succumbed to his injuries.

But a family member took to the media to lament the failure of onlookers to assist the dying youth.

In the video, someone can be heard asking whether an ambulance had been summoned and another responds that people had no credit on their mobile telephones.


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  1. This is a clear indication that person’s needs to be properly educated in the use of a mobile telephone ,to ensure that it’s being used in the right manner and not to be use as a medium to exploit and expose one and other.l ,too overheard an individual making the statement when I had a glimpse of the video. I believe that as a citizen we need to respect the rights of other’s, especially in situations like the last one where this young man circum to his injuries.we are only hurting one and other more especially when you are greeted with this types of news via, “Social media”.Thankful, I’ve not been in this type of situation,but trust me,and please permit me to say l hate it.Once again, I ,strongly urge the citizenery to use their Mobile Telephone for the right purpose.

  2. I don’t know if this has changed but I have called 999 and the person on the line gave me the number for the police station that I should call. There were not able to transfer my call. In other words if I did not have credit then I would not be able to reach the police. 999 is a joke. I assume 911 is the same. Please correct me if this has changed.

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