Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Saint Lucians Called On To Show Appreciation For Firefighters

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Declaring that the role of firefighters requires commitment, dedication, and sacrifice, a senior Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) official has invited citizens to demonstrate appreciation for those emergency responders.

Station Officer Fernando James spoke on the occasion of Firefighters’ Day, observed on May 4.

“One can’t even imagine what goes through a firefighter’s mind when they are headed to a call but what I do know is firefighters don’t get enough credit,” James asserted.

“In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy- fire. International Firefighters’ day is a way to sat thank you to Saint Lucia’s firefighters for all that they do to keep saint Lucia’s communities, and by extension the entire nation safe,” he stated.

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He observed that it takes a special kind of person to care for others when they don’t have to.

“These people rise to the call of duty every time they walk through the hallways at work. Some even lose their lives to save someone else,” the senior SLFS official noted.

“So when you see your local firefighter, give them a wave or thank them for their service because, without them, the world would be a much different place,” James said.

According to Wikipedia, the International Firefighters’ Day observance followed a proposal emailed worldwide on January 4, 1999, due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia.

The International Firefighters’ Day official website said it isĀ  a day when the world can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.

The website explained that it is also a day when current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

Headline photo: Firefighters extinguish fuel tanker blaze along the Millennium Highway in 2021

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  1. Why don’t we appreciate the people who made the tools for the firefighters such as the helmets, ladders the hoses, trucks etc. Without the tools they will not be able to do the job. Why we always believe that government jobs are life saving jobs when the tools that are needed for them to perform the job are normally done general people. Why must we always appreciate doctors nurses, policemen, firemen, teachers and so on. Why? If we must appreciate them highly we should appreciate the tax payers and the private sector workers for contributing tax to be able to pay them. Because without payment firefighters will not work so do doctors, nurses teachers etc. There should not be any special recognition when someone is being paid a salary.

  2. They are being paid to do this job. They are not doing it for free. They have been acknowledge by giving them a salary and perks.Stop making people believe that certain jobs are more appreciated and needed than others. No wonder the world has so many problems and division. All jobs comes with risks. We appreciate the people who move poop from the sewage tanks, pick up garbage or else people homes, offices and environs would smell too so give them a wave as well.

  3. You do realize what they are putting out, and just confirming that you are aware that with enough wind, smoke can reignite a fire causing alot more damage than a few gallons of salt water? I have seen firefighters return to locations where mango trees were engulfed , a whole day after to put out smoke.

  4. lots of people are not aware of the dangers that firefighter face daily on the job and belittle their work but hang on in there and keep up the good work THANK YOU

  5. Just for kicks, reference to the picture. If that’s all left after putting off the fire then that water should have been conserved. Lol

  6. Yes we appreciate them for doing the jobs they signed up for and are being paid to do. We do so by paying taxes to the government.

    • i don’t think that’s how appreciation works, if there was no one to do this job with their training and expertise then who would do it? there are alot of jobs people take for granted like for instance the workers at CCC. Just imagine if there was no one to clean up the filth in the cities because some of us are to high class to pick rubbish or to even be seen going by the road to throw rubbish from your very own home in the dumpster

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