The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) sounded a warning Friday morning to risk takers as the Island experienced the effects of Elsa, which has been upgraded to a hurricane.
According to the SLFS, as a rule, its emergency personnel would not venture out once winds surpass 40 miles per hour.
The advisory came against the backdrop of reports that individuals are ignoring repeated warnings to stay indoors until the official ‘all clear’ is given.
“If you have a serious emergency, you call us, we assess the situation and we do what is best, what is necessary at the time,” SLFS Assistant Divisional Officer, Jermaine William, told St Lucia Times.
“If you find yourself in a situation where you have ventured out and we are unable to reach you, the consequences may be disastrous,” William explained.
As a result, he pleaded with members of the public to remain indoors, noting that power lines and trees are down and there’s localised flooding because of Elsa.
According to the SLFS official, people who ignore the admonition to stay at home during the storm put not only themselves but emergency personnel in danger.
“Because while we may be coming out to rescue you in a particular situation where you had no business venturing out, you are in danger and the officers responding will be in danger as well,” William observed.
“While I understand it is our responsibility and it is generally our calling to save lives and property, it does not make sense that we endanger more lives trying to save someone in a situation that could have been avoided,” he said.