Saint Lucia firefighters on Thursday temporarily put aside their fire fighting equipment to engage in a home improvement project on behalf of a needy family in Canaries.
More than a dozen members of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) were involved.
The initiative was part of observances of the organisation’s 45th anniversary on September 14.
” We have a week of activities and one of them is a self-help project where we are assisting one of the underprivileged persons in the village of Canaries,” Deputy Fire Chief, George Victorin explained.
He said the firefighters were assisted by private individuals in a home improvement project for Canaries resident, Louisa John.
According to a fire service official, John was formerly homeless.
It was explained that the Canaries Village Council presented John and her two children with a ‘basic’ structure that fire service volunteers went to upgrade.
This included installing more windows, a balcony and a water tank fed by rain water.
On Monday, September 9, 2019, the volunteers plan to return to paint the building.
They raised funds for the project and received donations from the local private sector.
Louisa John expressed her gratitude to the members of the SLFS for their work.
The SLFS said she was identified by the Canaries Village Council as being in need of assistance.