The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) says it responded to 99 ambulance calls during the weekend of August 2 -5, 2019.
Assistant Divisional Officer David Antoine disclosed that 94 of the responses were in connection with medical emergencies.
“The nature of these incidents included 9 motor vehicle accidents and one near drowning incident,” Antoine said.
He said on Friday at approximately 8.07 pm, response crews from the Castries and Babonneau fire stations were called out to a motor vehicle accident at Bexon.
Antoine told reporters that a motor car and a truck had collided.
He said that SLFS personnel treated the two drivers who were the sole occupants of the vehicles at the time of the accident and transported them to Victoria Hospital.
Antoine said that on Saturday about 1:26 pm, fire officers from the Micoud station responded to reports of a near drowning incident at Anse Ger beach, where fishermen assisted emergency personnel in rescuing a 24 year old male from the rocks.
“He was treated for pain to the shoulders and subsequently transported to St Jude Hospital for further medical care,” the Senior Fire Service Official said.
Antoine said the fire department also responded to one structural fire at Gros Islet on Sunday.
He explained that firefighters were able to confine the fire to the room where it started and extinguish it, resulting in extensive damage to the building.